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やおや【八百屋】

 Honshu (Standard)

yaoya

Definition

Noun

  1. (Place) Greengrocery; greengrocer; (rare) fruiterer; fresh produce grocery store; produce shop; vegetable shop
  2. (Person) Greengrocer; grocer; clerk

Etymology

Unclear. The written kanji suggest a compound of やお【八百】 yao "multitude" and 【屋】 ya "shop; shop owner". However, the first part may have stylistically been used to represent あお【青】 ao "green", as in あおものや【青物屋】 aomonoya "greengrocery". Alternatively, the term may stem from あおや【青屋】 aoya, a reduction of the latter, which was later rendered as やおや【八百屋】 yaoya through a play on the word やお【八百】 yao or the idiom  やおよろず【八百万】 yaoyorozu "(lit.) eight thousand things".

意味:やおや【八百屋】、あおものや【青物屋】、せいかしょう【青果商】

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