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EtymologyEdit

First attested in the Hunmin jeongeum eonhae (訓民正音諺解本 / 훈민정음언해본), 1447, as 닛므윰 (Yale: nismuyum). Equivalent to (i, “tooth”) + (-s-, genitive case) + an unknown second element (not (mom, “body, flesh”)).

PronunciationEdit


IPA(key) [inmo̞m]
Phonetic Hangul
Romanizations
RR inmom
RR (translit.) ismom
MC inmom
Yale ismom

NounEdit

잇몸 (inmom)

  1. (anatomy) gum (flesh around the necks of teeth)
    이가 없으면 잇몸으로 산다.
    Iga eopseumyeon inmomeuro sanda.
    Make do with what you have. [lit. When people do not have teeth, they can still live with their gums.]

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