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釉薬 (uwagusuri, yūyaku): a mug with a blue and green glaze.

Etymology 1Edit

Kanji in this term
うわ
Jinmeiyō
くすり > ぐすり
Grade: 3
kun’yomi

Originally a compound of (uwa, over, on top of, ancient combining form of modern ue) +‎ (kusuri, a chemical, a substance with mystical properties). The kusuri changes to gusuri as an instance of rendaku (連濁).

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NounEdit

釉薬 (shinjitai kanji, kyūjitai kanji 釉藥, hiragana うわぐすり, rōmaji uwagusuri)

  1. a glaze or enamel applied to ceramics

Etymology 2Edit

Kanji in this term
ゆう
Jinmeiyō
やく
Grade: 3
on’yomi

From Middle Chinese 釉藥 (*yuw jɨɐk̚).

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NounEdit

釉薬 (hiragana ゆうやく, rōmaji yūyaku, historical hiragana いうやく)

  1. a glaze or enamel applied to ceramics

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9