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JapaneseEdit

 トケイソウ on Japanese Wikipedia
 
時計草 (tokeisō): a passionflower as seen from above, with the three parts of the pistil shown as the dark, thick arms extending from the center.
Kanji in this term
とき > と
Grade: 2
けい
Grade: 2
そう
Grade: 1
Irregular

EtymologyEdit

Compound of 時計 (tokei, clock, jukujikun (熟字訓)) +‎ (, herb, plant), so named because the shape of the flower is similar to a clock.[1][2] The pistil's three parts can be likened to the hour hand, minute hand, and second hand of a clock, as seen in the image.

PronunciationEdit

  • (Irregular reading)

NounEdit

時計草 (hiragana とけいそう, katakana トケイソウ, rōmaji tokeisō, historical hiragana とけいさう, historical katakana トケイサウ)

  1. a Passion flower

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 1988, 国語大辞典(新装版) (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan
  2. 2.0 2.1 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN