Chinese

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the most remote area in the north; North Sea
 
direction; way; method
direction; way; method; road; path; principle; truth; reason; skill; Tao (of Taoism); a measure word; to say; to speak; to talk
trad. (北海道) 北海
simp. #(北海道) 北海

Etymology

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Orthographic borrowing from Japanese 北海道(ほっかいどう) (Hokkaidō).

Pronunciation

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Proper noun

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北海道

  1. Hokkaido (an island and prefecture of Japan)

Japanese

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北海道 (Hokkaidō): Hokkaido.
Kanji in this term
ほく > ほっ
Grade: 2
かい
Grade: 2
どう
Grade: 2
on’yomi goon
Alternative spelling
北海道 (kyūjitai)

Etymology

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From 北海 (hokkai, northern sea) +‎ (-dō, circuit).

Coined in 1869; see   北海道 on the Japanese Wikipedia.Wikipedia ja Before that, the region was known as 蝦夷地 (Ezochi, literally land of the northern barbarians).

Pronunciation

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Proper noun

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(ほっ)(かい)(どう) (Hokkaidōほくかいだう (fokukaidau)?

  1. an island prefecture on the northern part of Japan; its capital city is 札幌 (Sapporo)
    Synonym: 北海 (Hokkai)

Derived terms

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Descendants

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  • English: Hokkaido
  • Korean: 홋카이도 (Hotkaido), 혹가이도 (Hokgaido), 북해도 (Bukhaedo)

See also

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References

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  1. ^ NHK Broadcasting Culture Research Institute, editor (1998), NHK日本語発音アクセント辞典 [NHK Japanese Pronunciation Accent Dictionary] (in Japanese), Tokyo: NHK Publishing, Inc., →ISBN