紫陽花

JapaneseEdit

Kanji in this term
Grade: S Grade: 3 Grade: 1
Irregular


NounEdit

紫陽花 ‎(hiragana あじさい, katakana アジサイ, romaji ajisai, historical hiragana あぢさゐ)

  1. hydrangea
Kanji in this term

Grade: S
よう
Grade: 3

Grade: 1
on'yomi

紫陽花 ‎(hiragana しようか, katakana シヨウカ, romaji shiyōka, historical hiragana しやうくわ)

  1. alternative reading

Usage notesEdit

First reading is much more common. Like most flower names in Japanese, that reading uses Kanji for purely semantic purposes, without regards to pronunciation (a phenomenon known as Jukujikun. The characters translate literally to "purple (紫) sun (陽) flower (花)." The second reading is a true On'yomi version. Finally, because this a biological term, it is often spelled in Katakana.

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