Translation:A comb

September 24, 2017



This is an ancient borrowing of from Chinese back when Chinese syllables could end in /s/. About a thousand years ago, the language lost many of its final consonants and gained tones. Korean has kept the /s/ that it borrowed, but partially lost the /s/ pronunciation (when not followed by a vowel).


Since 빗치개 comes from 빗츠개, which comes from +츠개, I wonder what 츠개 means. The English definition gives:

a kind of pin for parting hair and cleaning combs

The Korean page provides no further etymological information other than the reference to +츠개 and .

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