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ChineseEdit

For pronunciation and definitions of – see 番茄.
(This term, 蕃茄, is a variant form of 番茄.)

JapaneseEdit

Etymology 1Edit

Kanji in this term
Jinmeiyō Jinmeiyō
Irregular

Borrowing from English tomato. The kanji are ateji (当て字), from the Chinese word for tomato.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

蕃茄 (katakana トマト, rōmaji tomato)

  1. (rare) Alternative spelling of トマト: tomato (fruit)
Usage notesEdit

The kanji spelling for tomato is exceedingly rare.

Etymology 2Edit

Kanji in this term
ばん
Jinmeiyō

Jinmeiyō
kan’yōon

Given the history of when tomatoes were introduced to the far east, probably from late-middle or early-modern Cantonese 蕃茄. Compare the modern Cantonese reading of faan1 ke4.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

蕃茄 (hiragana ばんか, rōmaji banka)

  1. (rare) tomato (fruit)
Usage notesEdit

This term has been superseded in modern Japanese by the English-derived トマト (tomato).

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9