The Alternative Japanese Dictionary: えた

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えた 〈eta〉
etymology 1 From 〈ěr〉 + 取る 〈qǔru〉 The kanji form {{ja-l}} first appeared in 1296 in the folded book {{ja-l}}. The word itself appears as the earlier form etori in 935 in the 和名類聚抄 〈hé míng lèi jù chāo〉, with this and later sources indicating that the word originally meant the job or profession of preparing food for hawks and falcons. Over time, this came to mean anyone dealing with butchery, which itself was viewed as an unclean profession, and by extension then the untouchable of Japanese society. As alternate theories, eta may have developed out of association with the word 蝦夷 〈xiā yí〉, or from the word 穢手 〈huì shǒu〉.
noun: {{ja-noun}}
  1. {{ja-def}} (historical, offensive) the lowest group in Japan’s caste system during the
Synonyms: {{ja-r}}: Burakumin
etymology 2 The perfective form or past tense of various verbs.
verb: {{ja-verb form}}
  1. {{ja-past of verb}}

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