夜叉

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夜叉

EtymologyEdit

Transliteration of Sanskrit यक्ष (yakṣa).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

夜叉 (hiragana やしゃ, romaji yasha)

  1. a yaksha: a broad class of nature spirits or minor deities who appear in Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain mythology. May be male or female, benevolent or malevolent.
  2. (Buddhism) in Buddhism, yakshas are held to be followers of 毘沙門天 (Bishamonten, Vaiśravaṇa, the chief of the Four Heavenly Kings), and guardians of the north
  3. (figuratively) a demon
    あの (おんあ) () (おこ)るとまさに夜叉 (やしゃ)のようだよ。
    ano on'a no ko wa okoru to masa ni yasha no yō da yo.
    When that girl gets angry, she's a real demon.

IdiomsEdit

  • 夜叉 (やしゃ)が馬 (うま)を見 (み)たよう (yasha ga uma o mitayō): "like when the yaksha saw the horse" → an expression of extreme happiness, from a story of a yaksha who lost his horse

SynonymsEdit

  • 薬叉 (やくしゃ) (yakusha)

Derived termsEdit


MandarinEdit

simpl. and trad.

PronunciationEdit

Mandarin (Standard Chinese, Beijing)
Pinyin yèchā
Zhuyin ㄧㄝˋ ㄔㄚ
IPA (key) /i̯ɛ⁵¹ ʈ͡ʂʰa̠⁵⁵/

NounEdit

夜叉 (traditional and simplified, Pinyin yèchā)

  1. (Buddhism) a yaksha (a malevolent spirit)
  2. (by extension) a ferocious and hideous looking person

ReferencesEdit

Last modified on 8 April 2014, at 11:15