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JapaneseEdit

Kanji in this term
うま
Grade: S

Grade: 3
yutōyomi

EtymologyEdit

Compound of (uma, the stem of adjective 旨い (umai, tasty, delicious)) +‎ (mi, -ness, in reference to quality, contrasting with suffix (sa, -ness) that is used to describe degree).[1][2][3]

The use of to spell the -mi suffix is an example of ateji (当て字).[1][2][3]

PronunciationEdit

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NounEdit

旨味 (hiragana うまみ, rōmaji umami)

  1. the umami flavour
  2. tastiness
  3. skillfulness
  4. profit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1988, 国語大辞典(新装版) (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9
  3. 3.0 3.1 1995, 大辞泉 (Daijisen) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan, ISBN 4-09-501211-0