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to declare; to announce; to spread; to make known; spread; (cotton) cloth
grain; corn
trad. (布穀)
simp. (布谷)
variant forms 勃姑
撥穀拨谷

EtymologyEdit

Phono-semantic matching of the characteristic two-note call of the cuckoos.

Literally “to spread grain” – The cuckoos' chirps are usually heard during the seed-sowing times, and their call symbolises the commencement of a new farming season.

PronunciationEdit



Rime
Character
Reading # 1/1 1/1
Initial () (1) (28)
Final () (23) (3)
Tone (調) Departing (H) Checked (Ø)
Openness (開合) Open Open
Division () I I
Fanqie
Reconstructions
Zhengzhang
Shangfang
/puoH/ /kuk̚/
Pan
Wuyun
/puoH/ /kuk̚/
Shao
Rongfen
/poH/ /kuk̚/
Edwin
Pulleyblank
/pɔH/ /kəwk̚/
Li
Rong
/poH/ /kuk̚/
Wang
Li
/puH/ /kuk̚/
Bernard
Karlgren
/puoH/ /kuk̚/
Expected
Mandarin
Reflex
gu
BaxterSagart system 1.1 (2014)
Character
Reading # 1/1 1/1
Modern
Beijing
(Pinyin)
Middle
Chinese
‹ puH › ‹ kuwk ›
Old
Chinese
/*pˁa-s/ /*[k]ˁok/
English cloth grain

Notes for Old Chinese notations in the Baxter–Sagart system:

* Parentheses "()" indicate uncertain presence;
* Square brackets "[]" indicate uncertain identity, e.g. *[t] as coda may in fact be *-t or *-p;
* Angle brackets "<>" indicate infix;
* Hyphen "-" indicates morpheme boundary;

* Period "." indicates syllable boundary.
Zhengzhang system (2003)
Character
Reading # 1/1 1/1
No. 3495 7423
Phonetic
component
Rime
group
Rime
subdivision
0 0
Corresponding
MC rime
Old
Chinese
/*paːs/ /*kloːɡ/

NounEdit

布穀

  1. (~鳥) cuckoo

SynonymsEdit