Ginkgo, apricot, and almond : Change of Chinese words and meanings from the kernel’s perspective

dc.contributor.author Kirschner, Roland en_US
dc.contributor.author Hsieh, Shelley Ching-yu en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-08-08T20:58:32Z
dc.date.available 2012-08-08T20:58:32Z
dc.date.issued 2012 en_US
dc.description.abstract The term /apricot/ is associated with the fleshy part of the fruit in Chinese and European languages, such as English and German, whereas in Chinese /almond/ and /ginkgo/ are associated with a kernel removed from a hard shell and classified as nut-like. Historically, the modern Chinese for ginkgo, commonly translated as silver apricot replacing the older name meaning duck foot, has appeared only since the Song period (960-1279 AD). The apricot, however, has played an important role in Chinese for more than 2000 years. The element apricot which occurs in the contemporary Chinese term for gingko is considered to be derived in a technical terminology from the use in Chinese medicine of unshelled apricot seeds. In contemporary Chinese, the term xingren (unshelled apricot seed) has changed its meaning which now is unshelled almond seed. This change suggests that silver almond is a more adequate modern translation for ginkgo than silver apricot. en_US
dc.format.extent 8 pages en_US
dc.identifier.citation Kirschner R, Hsieh SC. 2012. Ginkgo, apricot, and almond: Change of Chinese words and meanings from the kernel’s perspective. Ethnobotany Research & Applications 10: 321-328. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1547-3465 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/23564
dc.language.iso en-US en_US
dc.publisher Botany Department, University of Hawaii at Manoa en_US
dc.subject Hawaiians--Ethnobotany--Periodicals. en_US
dc.subject Ethnobotany--Hawaii--Periodicals. en_US
dc.subject Plants, Medicinal--Periodicals. en_US
dc.subject Ethnobotany--Periodicals. en_US
dc.title Ginkgo, apricot, and almond : Change of Chinese words and meanings from the kernel’s perspective en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.type.dcmi Text en_US
local.identifier.alturi http://www.ethnobotanyjournal.org/vol10/i1547-3465-10-321.pdf en_US
local.identifier.callnumber DU624.65 .E84 en_US
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