Extended shinjitai, Asahi simplification form of 鷗.
(uncommon “Hyōgai” kanji, shinjitai kanji, kyūjitai form 鷗)
Uncertain. One theory suggests from 鴨 (kamo, “duck”) + め (-me, suffix expressing familitarity). (Can this(+) etymology be sourced?)
Compare 雀 (suzume, “sparrow”) and 燕 (tsubame, “swallow”).
鴎 • (kamome) (kyūjitai 鷗)
- common gull (Larus canus)
- (by extension) a seagull (any seabird of the family Laridae)
- As with many terms that name organisms, this term is often spelled in katakana, especially in biological contexts, as カモメ.
鴎 • (Kamome) (kyūjitai 鷗)
- A female given name
- A surname.