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wall; rampart louse
trad. (壁蝨/壁虱) /
simp. (壁虱)

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NounEdit

壁蝨

  1. tick
  2. bedbug

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JapaneseEdit

 
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壁蝨 (dani): a tick.
 
壁蝨 (dani): a clover mite.
Kanji in this term
Grade: S Hyōgaiji
Irregular

Etymology 1Edit

/tani//dani/

From Old Japanese. Shift from earlier reading tani.[1][2] This reading persists in some modern dialects.

The kanji spelling is jukujikun (熟字訓), from Chinese 壁蝨. The characters literally mean (wall) + (louse), as an indication that ticks and mites may be found on walls.

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NounEdit

壁蝨 (hiragana だに, katakana ダニ, rōmaji dani)

  1. a tick, a mite: any of various small parasitic arachnids of subclass Acari
  2. (derogatory, figuratively) a parasite, a layabout, a moocher: someone who lives off other people
Usage notesEdit

As with many terms that name organisms, this term is often spelled in katakana, especially in biological contexts, as ダニ.

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Etymology 2Edit

Kanji in this term
たに
Grade: S
Hyōgaiji
kun’yomi

The ancient form of dani above.

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NounEdit

壁蝨 (hiragana たに, rōmaji tani)

  1. (obsolete) a tick, a mite: any of various small parasitic arachnids of subclass Acari

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 1988, 国語大辞典(新装版) (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan
  2. 2.0 2.1 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN