|For pronunciation and definitions of 呉 – see 吳 (“to speak loudly; to shout; big; etc.”).|
(This character, 呉, is a variant form of 吳.)
(common “Jōyō” kanji)
- to give something, to do something for someone
From Middle Chinese 吳 (ngu, name of a state). Compare modern Mandarin 吳／吴 (Wú).
呉 • (Go) (kyūjitai 吳)
- Japanese reading of the Chinese surname Wu.
- the ancient State of Wu
- (chiefly compounds) China, Chinese
The 連用形 (ren'yōkei, “continuative or stem form”) of verb 暮れる (kureru, “to set (said of the sun or moon), to get dark”), from the way that China lies to the west of Japan, in the direction of the setting sun. Originally referred more specifically to the ancient State of Wu (roughly analogous with the modern Jiangnan region), and later referring to China as a whole.
呉 • (Kure) (kyūjitai 吳)
- (archaic) China, Chinese
- More commonly found in compounds in modern Japanese.
- a place name, such as that of Kure City in Hiroshima Prefecture