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ChineseEdit

duck mouth
trad. (鴨嘴)
simp. (鸭嘴)

PronunciationEdit


NounEdit

鴨嘴

  1. bill of a duck
  2. (figuratively, informal) Short for 鴨嘴器鸭嘴器 (yāzuǐqì, “speculum used in gynaecological examinations”).

Derived termsEdit


JapaneseEdit

 
カモノハシ (kamo no hashi): the duck-billed platypus.
 
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鴨嘴 (kamo no hashi): the seed head of the smutgrass plant.
Kanji in this term
かも
Jinmeiyō
はし
Hyōgaiji
kun’yomi

EtymologyEdit

Compound of (kamo, duck) +‎ (no, possessive particle) +‎ (hashi, bill, beak). The (no) is omitted in the spelling.

The platypus sense is a partial calque of English duck-billed platypus.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

鴨嘴 (hiragana かものはし, katakana カモノハシ, rōmaji kamo no hashi)

  1. a platypus
    • (Can we date this quote?)カモノハシペリー [Perry the Platypus]” (in Japanese):
      オー ペリー カモノハシペリー!
      エージェントピーと呼びまえ
      ペリー!
      だからエージェントPだってのに
      エージェントP!
      Ō Perī Kamo no Hashi Perī
      Ējento Pī to oyobi mae
      Perī!
      Dakara Ējento Pī datte no ni
      Ējento Pī!
      Oh, Perry, Perry the Platypus!
      But you can call him Agent P
      Perry!
      I said you can call him Agent P
      Agent P!
  2. Ischaemum aristatum var. glaucum, a kind of smutgrass or batiki bluegrass

Usage notesEdit

As with many terms that name organisms, this term is often spelled in katakana, especially in biological contexts, as カモノハシ.

Further readingEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN
  2. 2.0 2.1 1998, NHK日本語発音アクセント辞典 (NHK Japanese Pronunciation Accent Dictionary) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: NHK, →ISBN
  3. ^ 1997, 新明解国語辞典 (Shin Meikai Kokugo Jiten), Fifth Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN