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God; unusual; mysterious; soul; spirit; divine essence; lively; spiritual being
tree; wood
simp. and trad.
(神木)
 
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神木

PronunciationEdit


NounEdit

神木

  1. sacred tree

Proper nounEdit

神木

  1. () Shenmu County (county in Shaanxi province, China)

JapaneseEdit

Etymology 1Edit

 
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神木 (shinboku, kanki): a sacred tree encircled with a shimenawa belt.
Kanji in this term
しん
Grade: 3
ぼく
Grade: 1
on’yomi

Possibly from Middle Chinese compound 神木 (/ʑiɪn muk̚/, literally god + tree). Compare modern Min Nan reading sîn-bo̍k. The Japanese term uses the kan'on, suggesting a later borrowing.

Alternatively, may have been coined in Japan as a compound of Middle Chinese-derived elements, as (shin, god, spirit) + (boku, tree).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

神木 (hiragana しんぼく, rōmaji shinboku)

  1. a sacred or holy tree
SynonymsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

Kanji in this term
かむ > かん
Grade: 3

Grade: 1
kun’yomi

/kamuki//kaɴki/

From Old Japanese. Originally a compound of (kamu, god, spirit, ancient combining reading) +‎ (ki, tree).[2] Appears with the older kamuki phonetic rendering in the Man'yōshū poetry compilation completed in 759 CE.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

神木 (hiragana かんき, rōmaji kanki)

  1. (obsolete) see shinboku above
Usage notesEdit

Superseded by the shinboku reading above.

Etymology 3Edit

Kanji in this term
さか
Grade: 3

Grade: 1
Irregular

Alternative spelling of (sakaki) as jukujikun (熟字訓), likely based on a partial decomposition of the character into its and components.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

神木 (hiragana さかき, rōmaji sakaki)

  1. (rare) the sakaki tree, Cleyera japonica

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9
  2. ^ 1988, 国語大辞典(新装版) (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan