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 맏 (mat), which is fossilized in constructions such as 맏아들 (madadeul) ("eldest son"). Perhaps related to a unit of counting animals, 마리 (mari) See also 뇌 (noe)
머리 • (meori)
- the leader of a group.
- the radical at the top of a Chinese character.
- the top or front of an object.
- National Institute of the Korean Language (Naver.com mirror) (accessed 2006-12-31), “머리”, in 표준국어대사전
- Seo Jeong-beom (서정범) (2000), “머리”, in 國語語原辭典, Seoul: Bogosa Books, page 246