脇差

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脇差: two wakizashi below two katana, showing the difference in size.
Kanji in this term
わき
Grade: S
さし > ざし
Grade: 4
kun'yomi

EtymologyEdit

Compound of ‎(waki, armpit, side of the torso) +‎ ‎(sashi, the 連用形 ‎(ren'yōkei, continuative or stem form) of verb 差す sasu “to insert, to stick into”), from the way the wakizashi would be stuck at one's side through the ‎(obi, belt or sash).[1] The sashi changes to zashi due to rendaku (連濁).

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NounEdit

脇差 ‎(hiragana わきざし, romaji wakizashi)

  1. (weaponry) a traditional Japanese shortsword, often used as a secondary weapon to a katana
    Traditionally 30cm to 60cm in length. For more details, see Wikipedia-logo.png Wakizashi on Wikipedia.Wikipedia:Wakizashi

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ReferencesEdit

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