(uncommon “Hyōgai” kanji)
- Old World flycatcher (a kind of bird)
Referred originally just to the 尉鶲 (jō bitaki, “Phoenicurus auroreus or Daurian redstart”), later came to refer to a number of visually similar species.
Likely a shift from 火焚き (hitaki, “lighting a fire”), from the characteristic call of the bird, which resembles the sound of striking a flint against a firestarter.
鶲 (hiragana ひたき, katakana ヒタキ, rōmaji hitaki)
- an Old World flycatcher: a bird belonging to the Muscicapidae family
As with many terms that name organisms, this term is often spelled in katakana, especially in biological contexts, as ヒタキ.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN
- ^ 1995, 大辞泉 (Daijisen) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan, →ISBN
- ^ 1988, 国語大辞典（新装版） (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan