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団子 (dango): Mitarashi dango

Etymology 1 edit

Kanji in this term
だん
Grade: 5
こ > ご
Grade: 1
jūbakoyomi
Alternative spelling
團子 (kyūjitai)

This kind of dumpling confection appears in the historical record as 団喜 (danki) at least as early as the mid-1000s in the Heian period, possibly imported from China by envoys returning from visits to China during the Tang Dynasty. In the late-1200s, the term appears in the 厨事類記 (Chūjiruiki, Japan's oldest cookbook, completed around 1295) with the modern spelling 団子, but with a consistent Chinese-derived on'yomi reading of dansu. That reading then shifted to dango during the Muromachi period, adopting the native Japanese reading of ko for the second character, undergoing regular rendaku (連濁) to become go.

Pronunciation edit

Noun edit

(だん)() (dango

  1. a dango (round sticky dumpling made from uruchi (non-glutinous) rice flour mixed with glutinous rice flour)
    • 2011 February 9, Hideaki Sorachi, “(だい)(さん)(びやく)(さん)(じゅう)(よん)(くん) (せん)(とう)では()(こころ)(まる)(はだか) [Lesson 334: Our Bodies and Souls Are All Naked in the Public Baths]”, in (ぎん)(たま) ((ぎん)(たま)) [Silver Soul], volume 38 (fiction), Tokyo: Shueisha, →ISBN:
      もう(げん)(かい)だ‼チコも(さむ)さで(ちぢ)んでただの(だん)()(さん)(きょう)(だい)みたいになってんぞ‼
      Mō genkai da‼ Chi○ko mo samusa de chijinde tada no dango sankyōdai mitai ni natten zo‼
      I’ve reached my limit! My d*ck’s shrunk because of cold and now it’s like the three dango brothers down there!
  2. (by extension) something round as a ball
  3. (colloquial) a bunch, lump
  4. (colloquial) a bullet
    Synonyms: 銃弾 (jūdan), 弾丸 (dangan)
  5. a 家紋 (kamon, family crest) with designs of dango on skewers
  6. (board games, go, derogatory) an inefficient clump of stones
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Etymology 2 edit

Kanji in this term
だん > だ
Grade: 5
こ > ご
Grade: 1
irregular kun’yomi
Alternative spelling
團子 (kyūjitai)

Shift from standard Japanese dango: /daɴɡo//daɡo/

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Noun edit

()() (dago

  1. (dialect, Kagoshima) a dango (round sticky dumpling made from flour)

References edit

  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), Tōkyō: NHK Publishing, →ISBN
  2. ^ Kindaichi, Kyōsuke et al., editors (1997), 新明解国語辞典 [Shin Meikai Kokugo Jiten] (in Japanese), Fifth edition, Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN
  3. ^ Matsumura, Akira, editor (2006), 大辞林 [Daijirin] (in Japanese), Third edition, Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN