TranslingualEdit

EtymologyEdit

Phono-semantic compound (形聲): phonetic  + semantic  (small insect)

Han characterEdit

(radical 142 +8, 14 strokes, cangjie input 十心竹戈 (JPHI), four-corner 30136)

  1. honey
  2. sweet
  3. nectar

ReferencesEdit

  • KangXi: page 1085, character 36
  • Dai Kanwa Jiten: character 33143
  • Dae Jaweon: page 1553, character 6
  • Hanyu Da Zidian: volume 4, page 2866, character 7
  • Unihan data for U+871C

CantoneseEdit

HanziEdit

(Yale mat6)


JapaneseEdit

KanjiEdit

(common “Jōyō” kanji)

  1. honey; nectar; molasses

ReadingsEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle Chinese (*mjit), from Late Old Chinese *mjit ~ *mit, from Proto-Tocharian *ḿət(ə) (compare Tocharian B mit (honey)), from Proto-Indo-European *médʰu (mead).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

(hiragana みつ, romaji mitsu)

  1. honey
  2. nectar
  3. molasses, treacle, syrup
  4. short for 蜜砂糖 (​mitsuzatō): brown sugar
Derived termsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

Alternate reading of mitsu above.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

(hiragana みち, romaji michi)

  1. honey
  2. nectar
  3. molasses, treacle, syrup
Usage notesEdit

Only used on its own. Not used in compounds.

ReferencesEdit

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

KoreanEdit

HanjaEdit

(mil) (hangeul , revised mil, McCune-Reischauer mil, Yale mil)

  1. ( 밀, kkul): honey

MandarinEdit

EtymologyEdit

Modern , from Middle Chinese mjit, from Late Old Chinese *mjit ~ *mit, from Proto-Tocharian *ḿət(ə) (compare Tocharian B mit (honey)), from Proto-Indo-European *médʰu (mead).

HanziEdit

(Pinyin (mi4), Wade-Giles mi4)

  1. honey
    蜂蜜 ("honey"), 蜜蜂 ("bee")
  2. the colour of honey; honey-coloured
    蜜色 ("colour of honey")
  3. beeswax
    蜜燭/蜜烛 ("candle")
  4. sweet
    甜蜜 ("sweet, happy"), 水蜜桃 ("honey peach"), 甜言蜜語/甜言蜜语 ("sweet words and honeyed phrases; cajolery")
  5. (PSM of English miss) mistress, young girl
    小蜜 ("mistress"), 閨蜜/闺蜜 ("girlfriend (of female)")

Min NanEdit

HanziEdit

(POJ bi̍t)


VietnameseEdit

Han characterEdit

(mật)

Last modified on 14 March 2014, at 22:14