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Discussion in '한국어 (Korean)' started by slowlikemolasses, Jun 22, 2013.

  1. slowlikemolasses Senior Member

    English - US
    Is 산- sometimes used to describe an animal that seems strange, whether or not it might come from a mountain?
  2. Kross

    Kross Senior Member

    산 here means only a mountain. It doesn't describe the appearance or action of an animal. For example, 산토끼 only means hare or a rabbit dwelling on the mountain.
  3. vientito Senior Member

    On the other hand you have 멧돼지, where the first word derives from 뫼, an old native word meaning mountain. 산 has sino-korean root. yet 뫼 may also share relationship with the modern word 묘 which means tomb. Naver says that 멧돼지 can be called a 산돼지 as well.

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