桜桃

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Kanji in this term
おう
Grade: 5
とう
Grade: S
on'yomi

Etymology 1Edit

From Sinitic 櫻桃.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

桜桃 ‎(shinjitai kanji, kyūjitai kanji 櫻桃, hiragana おうとう, romaji ōtō, historical hiragana あうたう)

  1. alternate for ‎(sakura): a cherry tree
  2. the 西洋実桜 ‎(seiyō mizakura), the wild cherry, Prunus avium
  3. the 英桃 ‎(yusura ume), the downy cherry, Prunus tomentosa
  4. (euphemistic) a beautiful woman; a beautiful woman's lips

Etymology 2Edit

Numerous theories.

Possibly a compound of ‎(sakura, cherry tree) +‎ ‎(no, possessive particle) +‎ ‎(ho, a bud or fruit towards the end of a long stem). The no contracts to n. The ho changes to bo due to rendaku (連濁).

Alternately, a compound of ‎(sakura, cherry tree) +‎ ‎(no, possessive particle) +‎ ‎(, a monk), also used as a suffix to indicate affection, also used to allude to the round smooth shape of a monk's shaven head.

Alternately, a compound of ‎(sakura, cherry tree) +‎ ‎(momo, peach; any bulging round fruit).

Alternative formsEdit

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

桜桃 ‎(hiragana さくらんぼ, romaji sakuranbo) (alternative reading hiragana さくらんぼう, romaji sakuranbō)

  1. the cherry fruit
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