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いーび【指】

 Ryukyu (Okinawa)

iibi [ʔiːbi]

Definition

Noun

  1. Finger; toe; digit
    1. いーびぬさちぬ先】
      iibi-nu sachi
      "Fingertip"
    2. なかいーび【中
      naka iibi
      "Middle finger"
    3. うふいーび【大
      ufu iibi
      "Thumb", "Big finger", "Big toe"

Etymology

Attested under the form yeeobee (yiubi) "the finger" in A Voyage of Discovery to the North Pacific Ocean, 1795-1798, by William Robert Broughton. Attested under the spelling eebee (ibi) "finger" in the 1818 Vocabulary of the language spoken at the Great Loo-Choo island in the Japan Sea, by Herbert John Clifford.

Cognate to Gunma, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gifu, Yamanashi, Osaka, Shimane, Kagawa, Kochi, Nagasaki and Kumamoto いび ibi; Kagoshima ゆっ yuq; Shodon (Amami) qyiibi; Okinawan いーび iibi; and standard Japanese term ゆび【指】 yubi "finger, toe". The Ryukyuan forms suggest an initial vowel, and may therefore be related to the Old Japanese form および oyobi. Historically attested in the 和名類聚抄 Wamyō ruijushō under the spelling 於與比 (をよび woyobi or および oyobi). The term may ultimately stem from the nominal form of the verb およぶ【及ぶ】 oyobu "to reach; to extend".

意味:ゆび・おゆび・および【指】、しゅし【手指】

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