ジャガイモ

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ジャガイモ (jagaimo): a bunch of potatoes.

EtymologyEdit

Abbreviation of ジャガタラ ‎(jagatara) +‎ ‎(imo, potato).

ジャガタラ is a corruption of Dutch Djakarta, from Indonesian Jakarta, from Old Javanese jayakarta ‎(victorious deed, complete act, complete victory).

The potato was first introduced to Japan via the Dutch East Indies, hence the Jakarta connection.[1][2]

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

ジャガイモ ‎(hiragana じゃがいも, romaji jagaimo)

  1. ジャガ芋: the potato, Solanum tuberosum: the plant or its edible tuber

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 1988, 国語大辞典(新装版) (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan
  2. 2.0 2.1 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9
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