U+C0B4, 살
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Hangul Syllables


Etymology 1Edit

삐 ←→ 새


Revised Romanization?sal
Revised Romanization (translit.)?sal
Yale Romanization?sal



  1. A Hangul syllabic block made up of , , and .

Etymology 2Edit

First attested in the Seokbo sangjeol (釋譜詳節 / 석보상절), 1447, as Middle Korean ᄉᆞᆶ (Yale: solh).



  1. flesh, muscle, skin
    • 빼기에 대해서 얘기하겠습니다.
      Sal ppaegie daehaeseo yaegihagetseumnida.
      We're talking about slimming.
  • (flesh, muscle, skin): (ppyeo, “bone”)
Derived termsEdit

Etymology 3Edit



  1. latticework, rib, (comb's) teeth, (wheel's) spoke, (sun's) ray, shine
  2. arrow, sting (of bees, bugs, etc.)
Derived termsEdit

Etymology 4Edit

First attested in the Worin seokbo (月印釋譜 / 월인석보), 1459, as Middle Korean  (Yale: sel).

The word (seol, “Lunar New Year”) originally meant both "New Year" and "year of age". The two terms are connected; in Korea, one gains a new year of age at every New Year (so that all people born in the same year have the same age). In the eighteenth century, speakers created the new term 살 (sal, "year of age") as a yang-vowel alternation of 설, and the original term came to mean only the New Year. 설 and 살 are one of a number of Korean noun pairs with yin-yang vowel alternation which were originally the same word.



  1. (takes native numerals) years of age (of a person)
    • 입니까?
      Myeot salimnikka?
      How old are [you]? ("How many years of age are [you]?")
Usage notesEdit

In traditional East Asian age reckoning, a baby is one year old at birth and turns two years old on New Year's Day. Thus everyone born in the same year is the same age: the current year subtracted by the year of birth, plus one.

Related termsEdit
  • (years of age): (se)
  • (age): 나이 (nai, “age”), 연세 (年歲, yeonse, “(very honorific) age”)

Etymology 5Edit

Sino-Korean word from (malignant deity)


(sal) (hanja )

  1. damnation
Derived termsEdit