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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
    • a. 2012, カモノハシペリーのテーマ (Perry the Platypus theme song):
      オー ペリー カモノハシペリー!
      エージェントピーと ()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 yobimae
      perī!
      dakara ējento P datte noni
      ējento P!
      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 1998, NHK日本語発音アクセント辞典 (NHK Japanese Pronunciation Accent Dictionary) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: NHK, →ISBN
  2. ^ 1997, 新明解国語辞典 (Shin Meikai Kokugo Jiten), Fifth Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN
  3. 3.0 3.1 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN