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EtymologyEdit

Kanji in this term
な(でし)
Jinmeiyō

Grade: 1
kun’yomi

Attested as man'yōgana  () () () () in the Man'yōshū, completed some time after 759 CE[1].

From  () (nazu, modern  ()でる (naderu), "to brush gently, stroke, caress") + (shi, auxiliary verb of stem form ) +  () (ko, common female suffix)[2].

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NounEdit

撫子 (hiragana なでしこ, katakana ナデシコ, rōmaji nadeshiko)

  1. A pink carnation flower of the genus Dianthus, a genus of about 300 species of flowering plants in the family Caryophyllaceae.
  2. The Japanese women's national football team; nicknamed after the Large Pink (Dianthus superbus).
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Proper nounEdit

撫子 (hiragana なでしこ, rōmaji Nadeshiko)

  1. A female given name.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ c. 759, Man'yōshū (book 19, poem 4231), text here
  2. ^ 2011, Toshio Komatsu, Hideo Suzuki, 新明解語源辞典 (Shin Meikai Gogen Jiten) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 978-4-385-13990-6, page 689
  3. ^ 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9