乙女

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JapaneseEdit

Kanji in this term
おと
Grade: S

Grade: 1
kun'yomi

EtymologyEdit

/woto2me1/: [wotwome][wotome]/otome/

Compound of おと ‎(oto, cognate with Old Japanese verb 復つ otsu, “to become young”) +‎ ‎(me, girl, female).[1][2] Contrasts with ‎(otoko, man, original meaning of “boy”).[1][2]

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NounEdit

乙女 ‎(hiragana おとめ, romaji otome, historical hiragana をとめ)

  1. daughter
  2. virgin, maiden
  3. little girl, young lady

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ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1988, 国語大辞典(新装版) (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9
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