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EtymologyEdit

First attested in the Seokbo sangjeol (釋譜詳節 / 석보상절), 1447, as Middle Korean 머리 (meori). Also recorded in the same work as First attested in the Seokbo sangjeol (釋譜詳節 / 석보상절), 1447, as Middle Korean 마리 (mari). Believed to arise from the root (mat), which is fossilized in constructions such as 맏아들 (madadeul) ("eldest son"). Perhaps related to a unit of counting animals, 마리 (mari) See also (noe)

PronunciationEdit

  • (file)
  • IPA(key)[mʌ̹ɾi]
  • Phonetic Hangul[]
Revised Romanization? meori
Revised Romanization (translit.)? meoli
McCune–Reischauer? mŏri
Yale Romanization? meli

NounEdit

머리 (meori)

  1. head.
  2. intelligence.
  3. hair.
  4. the leader of a group.
  5. the radical at the top of a Chinese character.
  6. the top or front of an object.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • National Institute of the Korean Language (Naver.com mirror) (accessed 2006-12-31), “머리”, in 표준국어대사전[1]
  • Seo Jeong-beom (서정범) (2000), “머리”, in 國語語原辭典, Seoul: Bogosa Books, page 246