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Character
Unicode name CJK UNIFIED IDEOGRAPH-99AC
Code point U+99AC
Entity number 馬
Unicode block CJK Unified Ideographs
[U+99AB] [U+99AD]

TranslingualEdit

EtymologyEdit

Icelandic horse1.jpg

Pictogram (象形); derived from the pictogram of a horse with its head turned to look back and showing a flowing mane in the wind. The four short strokes at its base () represent its feet, and the sweeping hook stroke in the lower right represents its tail.

Compare also ‎(bird), whose current form is similar (graphically, for claws/legs).

Contrast with 鹿 ‎(deer), which saw a very different development, and 𢊁 ‎(bison) (as in ), which is a hybrid: it has the the legs of () but the head of 鹿.

Historical forms of the character
Oracle bone script Bronze inscriptions Large seal script Small seal script
馬-oracle.svg 馬-bronze.svg 馬-bigseal.svg 馬-seal.svg
Clerical script Semi-cursive script Cursive script
馬-clerical.svg 馬-xinshu.svg 馬-caoshu.svg

Han characterEdit

(radical 187 +0, 10 strokes, cangjie input 尸手尸火 (SQSF), four-corner 71327)

  1. KangXi radical 187

Derived termsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • KangXi: page 1433, character 1
  • Dai Kanwa Jiten: character 44572
  • Dae Jaweon: page 1956, character 34
  • Hanyu Da Zidian: volume 7, page 4539, character 1
  • Unihan data for U+99AC

ChineseEdit

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trad.
simp.

PronunciationEdit


Middle Chinese pronunciation (, reconstructed)
Character (馬), Pronunciation 1/1

Initial: 明 (4)
Final: 麻
Division: II

Openness: Open
Tone: Rising (X)

Fanqie: 莫下切
Zhengzhang
Shangfang
Bernard
Karlgren
Li
Rong
Pan
Wuyun
Edwin
Pulleyblank
Wang
Li
Shao
Rongfen
/mɣaX/ /maX/ /maX/ /mɯaX/ /maɨX/ /maX/ /maX/
Old Chinese pronunciation (, reconstructed)
Baxter-Sagart system 1.1 (2014)
Character Modern Beijing
(Pinyin)
Middle Chinese Old Chinese English
‹ X › /*mˤraʔ/ horse

Notes for Old Chinese notations in the Baxter-Sagart system:

  • Parentheses "()" indicate uncertain presence;
  • Square brackets "[]" indicate uncertain identity, e.g. *[t] as coda may in fact be *-t or *-p;
  • Angle brackets "<>" indicate infix;
  • Hyphen "-" indicates morpheme boundary;
  • Period "." indicates syllable boundary.
Zhengzhang system (2003)
Character No. Phonetic
component
Rime
group
Rime
subdivision
Corresponding
MC rime
Old Chinese Notes
8715 0 /*mraːʔ/

Etymology 1Edit

From Proto-Sino-Tibetan *k-m-raŋ ~ s-raŋ.

NounEdit

(classifier )

  1. horse

Proper nounEdit

  1. A surname​.

AdjectiveEdit

  1. big (by extension from the horse sense; compare English use of horse)
    /   ―  sháo  ―  ladle (big spoon)

Etymology 2Edit

Proper nounEdit

  1. Short for 馬祖.

Etymology 3Edit

Proper nounEdit

  1. Short for 馬來西亞.

CompoundsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • “马”, MDBG English to Chinese dictionary ( Based on CC-CEDICT )[1] (in Mandarin/English), retrieved 2014-02-17

JapaneseEdit

KanjiEdit

Japanese stroke order
馬-jbw.png

(grade 2 “Kyōiku” kanji)

  1. horse

ReadingsEdit

CompoundsEdit

Etymology 1Edit

Japanese Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia ja
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(uma, muma): a pair of horses.
Kanji in this term
うま
Grade: 2
kun'yomi

From Old Japanese.[1] Recorded in the Nihon Shoki as having been brought over from the Korean peninsula kingdom of Baekje, with the earlier reading of ma. The initial m sound was apparently emphasized,[1][2] possibly similar to *mma, becoming then uma or muma, via processes also seen in the word ‎(ume, mume, plum).

The ma sound denoting "horse" is common to a number of languages of central Asia, where horses were first domesticated, suggesting a possible cognate root. Compare Manchu ᠮᠣᡵᡳᠨ ‎(morin, horse), Mongol морь ‎(morj, horse), Korean ‎(mal, horse), Mandarin ‎(, horse), and Proto-Indo-European *mark(')- ‎(horse) and descendants such as Irish marc ‎(horse, archaic) or English mare ‎(female horse). More at *mark(')-.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

‎(counter , hiragana うま, romaji uma)

  1. a horse
  2. (shogi) a promoted bishop
  3. a sawhorse: a four-leg stand made of wood or iron for supporting other materials

Etymology 2Edit

Shift from uma form, becoming more common starting from the Heian Period. This change later reverted, and muma is now considered obsolete.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

‎(hiragana むま, romaji muma)

  1. (obsolete) a horse
    • c. 759, Man'yōshū (book 20, poem #4372)
      阿志加良能 美佐可多麻波理 可閇理美須 阿例波久江由久 阿良志乎母 多志夜波婆可流 不破乃世伎 久江弖和波由久 牟麻能都米 都久志能佐伎尓 知麻利為弖 阿例波伊波々牟 母呂々々波 佐祁久等麻乎須 可閇利久麻弖尓
    • c. 935 Tosa Nikki
      ふぢはらのときざね、ふなぢなれど、むまのはなむけす。
    • c. 935 Tosa Nikki
      けふはあをむまをおもへど、かひなし。

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 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 4-385-13905-9
  3. ^ 1998, NHK日本語発音アクセント辞典 (NHK Japanese Pronunciation Accent Dictionary) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: NHK, ISBN 978-4-14-011112-3

KoreanEdit

HanjaEdit

‎(ma)
Eumhun:

  • Sound (hangeul):  (McCune-Reischauer: ma, Yale: ma)
  • Name (hangeul): ,  (revised: mal, seong, McCune-Reischauer: mal, sŏng, Yale: mal, seng)
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CompoundsEdit

See alsoEdit


VietnameseEdit

CharacterEdit

ReadingsEdit

CompoundsEdit

Etymology 1Edit

NounEdit

‎(ngựa)

  1. horse

Etymology 2Edit

NounEdit

‎(mứa)

  1. excess

Etymology 3Edit

NounEdit

‎(mựa)

  1. (dialectal) don't

Etymology 4Edit

NounEdit

‎(mả)

  1. tomb, grave
    • 1916: Nguyễn Đình Chiểu, Lục Vân Tiên, lines 921–922
      (tiểu)(đồng)(chẳng)(kịp)(hỏi)(han)/𦣰(nằm)(lăn)(bên)(mả)(khóc)(than)(bồi)(hồi)
      Before the page has a chance to pay a visit, / He throws himself down upon the grave, crying, lamenting, fretting.

Etymology 5Edit

VerbEdit

‎(mở)

  1. to open

ReferencesEdit

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