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縞栗鼠 (shima risu): a chipmunk stuffing a nut into its cheek.
Kanji in this term
しま
Jinmeiyō

Jinmeiyō

Hyōgaiji
Irregular

EtymologyEdit

Compound of (shima, stripe) +‎ 栗鼠 (risu, squirrel).[1][2]

PronunciationEdit

  • (Irregular reading)

NounEdit

縞栗鼠 (hiragana しまりす, katakana シマリス, rōmaji shima risu)

  1. chipmunk

Usage notesEdit

As with many terms that name organisms, this term is often spelled in katakana, especially in biological contexts, as シマリス.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 1988, 国語大辞典(新装版) (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan
  2. 2.0 2.1 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN