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JapaneseEdit

Kanji in this term
ねこ
Grade: S
ひたい
Grade: 5

EtymologyEdit

Compound of ‎(neko, cat) +‎ ‎(no, possessive particle) +‎ ‎(hitai, forehead).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

猫の額 ‎(hiragana ねこのひたい, romaji neko no hitai, historical hiragana ねこのひたひ)

  1. (idiomatic) tiny, not enough room to swing a cat; literally, “a cat’s forehead”
     (ねこ) (ひたい)ほどの (にわ)
    neko no hitai hodo no niwa
    a garden as tiny as a cat’s forehead

Usage notesEdit

Primarily used of areas, notably a room, an apartment, a garden, or a plot of land.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9
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