巫女

ChineseEdit

witch female; woman
simp. and trad.
(巫女)

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NounEdit

巫女

  1. a Japanese female shaman

JapaneseEdit

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巫女(明治神宮

Etymology 1Edit

From Old Japanese. Originally a compound of ‎(mi, spirit, god) +‎ ‎(ko, child). The kanji spelling 巫女 appears to be ateji.

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NounEdit

巫女 ‎(hiragana みこ, romaji miko)

  1. An unmarried woman who serves at a Shintō shrine, helping to receive visitors and performing 神楽 ‎(kagura) dances at ceremonies, among other responsibilities.
  2. An unmarried woman who serves a deity as a medium to convey oracles.
Usage notesEdit

Using the alternate spelling 神子, a miko could be of either gender, but unmarried young women are by far the most common.

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Etymology 2Edit

From Sinitic 巫女.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

巫女 ‎(hiragana ふじょ, romaji fujo, historical hiragana ふぢょ)

  1. An unmarried woman who serves a deity as a medium to convey oracles.
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