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Etymology 1Edit

Kanji in this term
Grade: 2 Grade: S Grade: 1
jukujikun

The original kun'yomi pronunciation of this word was ashibi, now considered a variant reading.

The leaves of the plant were known to intoxicate horses when eaten, causing horses to stumble and become weak in the legs. As such, this word is most likely a contraction of (ashijihi, numbness in the feet/legs).

The kanji 馬酔木 are an example of jukujikun, meaning literally horse intoxicating tree.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

馬酔木 (hiragana あしび, rōmaji ashibi) (variant)

馬酔木 (hiragana あしみ, rōmaji ashimi) (variant)

馬酔木 (hiragana あせみ, rōmaji asemi) (variant)

馬酔木 (hiragana あせも, rōmaji asemo) (variant)

馬酔木 (hiragana あせぼ, rōmaji asebo) (variant)

馬酔木 (hiragana あせぶ, rōmaji asebu) (variant)

馬酔木 (hiragana あせび, katakana アセビ, rōmaji asebi) (standard)

  1. Pieris japonica: Japanese andromeda, a flowering shrub native to Japan

See alsoEdit

Etymology 2Edit

Kanji in this term

Grade: 2
すい
Grade: S
ぼく
Grade: 1
on’yomi

The on'yomi of the kanji spelling 馬酔木.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

馬酔木 (hiragana ばすいぼく, rōmaji basuiboku)

  1. Pieris japonica: Japanese andromeda, a flowering shrub native to Japan

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN