不知火

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EtymologyEdit

siranupi → siranuɸi → siranuwi → siranui

Compounded phrase from 知らぬ ‎(shiranu, 'unknown', an archaic negative form of 知る ‎(shiru, know)) +‎ ‎(hi, fire).

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不知火 ‎(hiragana しらぬい, romaji shiranui, historical hiragana しらぬひ)

  1. a marine will o' the wisp, more specifically one seen off the coasts of Kyūshū in the Yatsushiro Sea or Ariake Sea

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  • The kanji is a form of ateji commonly employed in Old Japanese and kept in this word, where 不知 (more commonly read fuchi, "ignorance; not knowing") stands in for 知らぬ ‎(shiranu). For more information, see w:Old Japanese#Writing system

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