黄泉

ChineseEdit

For pronunciation and definitions of 黄泉 – see 黃泉.
(This term, 黄泉, is the simplified form of 黃泉.)
Notes:

JapaneseEdit

Etymology 1Edit

Kanji in this term
Grade: 2 Grade: 6
Irregular

/yo2mo2/: [ywomwo][yomo]

Older form of 黄泉 /yo2mi2/. Ablaut of cognate ‎(yama, mountain). Mountains were often used as a place to bury the dead and were strongly associated with the afterlife.

The kanji ‎(yellow) and ‎(spring, water source) are ateji, related to Chinese myths about the underworld having a yellow spring.

PronunciationEdit

  • (Irregular reading)
  • IPA(key): [jo̞mo̞]

NounEdit

黄泉 ‎(hiragana よも, romaji yomo)

  1. the land of the dead, the afterworld, the underworld
Derived termsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

Kanji in this term
Grade: 2 Grade: 6
Irregular

/yo2mi2/: [ywomwi][yomi]

Ablaut form of older 黄泉 /yo2mo2/. See yomo above.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

黄泉 ‎(hiragana よみ, romaji yomi)

  1. the land of the dead, the afterworld, the underworld
Derived termsEdit
IdiomsEdit

See alsoEdit

Etymology 3Edit

Kanji in this term
こう
Grade: 2
せん
Grade: 6
on'yomi

From Sinitic 黄泉. Date of borrowing unknown.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

黄泉 ‎(hiragana こうせん, romaji kōsen, historical hiragana くわうせん)

  1. an underground spring
  2. the underworld, the land of the dead
Derived termsEdit
IdiomsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9
  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 978-4-14-011112-3
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