Chinese Edit

stubborn; contrary; bend
stubborn; contrary; bend; break in two
sound; noise; news
simp. and trad.
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Etymology Edit

Orthographic borrowing from Japanese 拗音(ようおん) (yōon, the sound of a mora).

Pronunciation Edit

Noun Edit


  1. the sound of a Japanese mora involving a consonant, semi-vowel, and vowel, such as きゃ (kya) or the obsolete クヮ (kwa) (Classifier: )

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Kanji in this term
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 拗音 on Japanese Wikipedia

Etymology Edit

(crooked) +‎ (sound)

Pronunciation Edit

Noun Edit

(よう)(おん) (yōonえうおん (euon)?

  1. (Japanese orthography and phonology) in 和語 (wago, native words) and 漢語 (kango, Classical Chinese words), a mora that is spelt with:
    1. one of the full-sized kana, (ki), (gi), (shi), (ji), (chi), (ji), (ni), (hi), (bi), (pi), (mi) and (ri), followed by one the small kana, , and , to represent the palatalization of the mora
    2. one of the full-sized kana, (ku) and (gu), followed by the small kana , to represent the historical labialization of the mora
    Antonym: 直音

Descendants Edit

  • Chinese: 拗音 (ǎoyīn)

References Edit

  1. ^ 1998, NHK日本語発音アクセント辞典 (NHK Japanese Pronunciation Accent Dictionary) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: NHK, →ISBN
  2. ^ 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN