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masculine/feminine nouns

Postby yankumi » Mon 08.08.2005 6:11 pm

I am using First Thousand Words in Japanese to teach my two children Japanese vocabulary. For steer, the word おうし is given, for cow めうし and for calf, こうし 

I understand こ is used to describe a young animal, as in こねこ Can I then use め
to designate any female animal, such as めねこ or めらいおん or does this only apply to the word cow

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RE: masculine/feminine nouns

Postby skrhgh3b » Mon 08.08.2005 6:43 pm

this prefix め probably comes from the word 雌(めす), which means female sex. so, i think your hunch is at least a safe one.
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RE: masculine/feminine nouns

Postby Gaijinian » Mon 08.08.2005 8:01 pm

お Being MALE 雄 おす
The harder they come, the harder they fall, one and all.
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RE: masculine/feminine nouns

Postby yankumi » Mon 08.08.2005 10:32 pm

Thank you for the answers. I was able to get a proper dictionary tonight, and it appears for another animals めす would be the correct prefix to designate a female animal.
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