See also: 异国

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JapaneseEdit

Etymology 1Edit

Kanji in this term

Grade: 6
こく
Grade: 2
on'yomi

From Sinitic 異國.

NounEdit

異国 ‎(shinjitai kanji, kyūjitai kanji 異國, hiragana いこく, romaji ikoku)

  1. A foreign country; a foreign land; a country external to Japan.
    • 1603-1604: Nippo Jisho (page 329)
      Icocu. イコク Cotonaru cuni. (異なる国) 他の国、あるいは、外国人の国.
    • 1617: Gennabon Kagakushū (page 7)
      異國 (イコク)
Usage notesEdit

While synonymous with 外国 ‎(gaikoku), this latter term is more common, while 異国 is a more formal term, suggesting “foreign lands, the exotic”.

Derived termsEdit
SynonymsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

Kanji in this term
こと
Grade: 6
くに
Grade: 2
kun'yomi

From Old Japanese ‎(koto, different, other) +‎ ‎(kuni, country, land).

NounEdit

異国 ‎(shinjitai kanji, kyūjitai kanji 異國, hiragana ことくに, romaji kotokuni)

  1. A different land, a strange land.
  2. A foreign country.
Usage notesEdit

Archaic.

SynonymsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • Doi, Tadao (1980) Hōyaku Nippo Jisho, Tōkyō: Iwanami Shoten, ISBN 4-0008-0021-3
  • Fukkoku Nihon Koten Zenshū: Setsuyōshū, Tōkyō: Gendai Shichō Shinsha, 2006, ISBN 4-329-02519-1
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