Japanese Word Entry

Kana:たま
Definitions:
  1. ball, sphere, globe, orb

  2. bead (of sweat, dew, etc.), drop, droplet

  3. ball (in sports)

  4. pile (of noodles, etc.)

  5. bullet

  6. bulb (i.e. a light bulb)

  7. lens (of glasses, etc.)

  8. bead (of an abacus)

  9. ball (i.e. a testicle)

  10. gem, jewel (esp. spherical; sometimes used figuratively), pearl

  11. female entertainer (e.g. a geisha)

  12. person (when commenting on their nature), character

  13. item, funds or person used as part of a plot

  14. egg

  15. coin

  16. precious, beautiful, excellent

Alternative forms: 球 、 珠 、 彈 〔弾〕

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Chinese characters used in this word

jewel, ball, jade, precious stone, gem
Readings
Mandarin: ㄩˋ (yù)
Cantonese: juk6
Japanese: ギョク、 ゴク / たま、 たま-、 -だま
Korean:
Vietnamese: ngọc, túc

ball, sphere, globe, round
Readings
Mandarin: ㄑㄧㄡˊ (qiú)
Cantonese: kau4
Japanese: キュウ、 グ / たま
Korean:
Vietnamese: cầu
Variants
Semantic variant form:

pearl, gem, jewel, precious stone
Readings
Mandarin: ㄓㄨ (zhū)
Cantonese: zyu1
Japanese: シュ / たま
Korean:
Vietnamese: châu

bullet, twang, flip, snap, pellet, shot, shell
Readings
Mandarin: ㄉㄢˋ (dàn), ㄊㄢˊ (tán)
Cantonese: daan6, taan4
Japanese: ダン、 タン / ひ.く、 はず.む、 たま、 はじ.く、 はじ.ける、 ただ.す
Korean:
Vietnamese: đạn, đàn
Variants
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