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Grade: S
けた > げた
Grade: S
井桁: the wooden frame around the wellhead is the igeta.
井桁: the igeta shape of crossed beams in the ceiling of the US Library of Congress.
井桁: the Igeta family crest.


Compound of (i, well, as in a water source) +‎ (keta, beam, girder), from the way that four stout wooden beams would be crossed to form the top of a wellhead, similar in shape to a tic-tac-toe board.

The keta changes to geta as an instance of rendaku (連濁).



井桁 (hiragana いげた, rōmaji igeta, historical hiragana ゐげた)

  1. a puteal: a wellhead for a water well, traditionally consisting of a wooden enclosure framed along the top, and possibly bottom, with stout wooden beams crossed at the ends
  2. the symbols #, , or
  3. a pattern similar to the symbol #, such as the shape of the crossed beams on a beam or coffered ceiling
  4. a kind of 家紋 (kamon, family seal) featuring such a symbol
  5. the number four in the argot of fishmongers
    Possibly from the way that the character has four strokes, and the way that (keta) also means digit.
  6. an advanced remodelling technique for the chassis of a miniature four-wheel-drive racing model, consisting of a reinforcement similar in shape to a traditional Japanese wellhead

Proper nounEdit

井桁 (hiragana いげた, rōmaji Igeta, historical hiragana ゐげた)

  1. a surname


  1. ^ 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN
  2. ^ 1998, NHK日本語発音アクセント辞典 (NHK Japanese Pronunciation Accent Dictionary) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: NHK, →ISBN