Tsume (爪 – Nail)


  • Tsume


    I always cut my tsume before I go snowboarding.
    私はスノーボードに行く前、必ず爪を切ります。

    A tsume is a kind of plate-like tissue formed by the matrix, which is part of the nail bed, underneath the nail, creating the horny layer on the tips of the fingers and toes; it is called “nail” in English.
    爪とは、手足の指先に生える角質が変化してできた板状の器官です。

    It is said that this word comes from tsuma (端), which means a corner or an edge of something.
    この言葉は、端(はし)を意味する言葉、端(つま)が変化したものです。

    Tsume is written as 爪 in kanji; note that this is not 瓜 (uri), which means a gourd.
    爪という字は瓜という字と似ているので、注意して下さい。

    There are a lot of Japanese proverbs and idioms that use the word tsume.
    日本語には、爪に関することわざや慣用句が多く存在します。

    I would like to tell you them from tomorrow.
    明日からはそれらを紹介していこうと思います。

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