(uncommon “Hyōgai” kanji)
- mercury, quicksilver (the metal)
Compound of 水 (mizu, “water”) + 銀 (kane, “metal, silver”). The kane changes to gane as an instance of rendaku (連濁).
汞 (hiragana みずがね, rōmaji mizugane, historical hiragana みづがね)
- (chemistry, rare, obsolete) Alternative spelling of 水銀: mercury, quicksilver
The term mizugane, regardless of kanji spelling, is largely obsolete in modern Japanese.
The usage of this kanji is extremely rare, and it is not used in isolation in modern Japanese. Use 水銀 instead for the standalone word for mercury.
From Middle Chinese 汞 (ɦuŋX, “mercury, quicksilver”).
汞 (hiragana こう, rōmaji kō)
- (chemistry) mercury, quicksilver
The kō reading is used in chemical compounds that include (e.g. corrosive sublimate).
汞 • (hong) (hangeul 홍, revised hong, McCune–Reischauer hong, Yale hong)
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