Tsunami Etymology

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The term tsunami comes from the Japanese 津波, composed of the two kanji 津 (tsu) meaning "harbour" and 波 (nami), meaning "wave". (For the plural, one can either follow ordinary English practice and add an s, or use an invariable plural as in the Japanese.

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Tsunami EtymologyBy willian123 -------------------------------------------------EtymologyThe termtsunamicomes from the Japanese , composed of the twokanji(tsu) meaning "harbour" and(nami), meaning "wave". (For the plural, one can either follow ordinary English practice and add ans, or use an invariable plural as in the Japanese.[7]) Tsunami are sometimes referred to astidal waves, which are unusually high sea waves that are triggered especially by earthquakes.[8]In recent years, this term has fallen out of favor, especially in the scientific community, because tsunami actually have nothing to do withtides. The once-popular term derives from their most common appearance, which is that of an extraordinarily hightidal bore. Tsunami and tides both produce waves of water that move inland, but in the case of tsunami the inland movement of water is much greater and lasts for a longer period, giving the impression of an incredibly high tide. Although the meanings of "tidal" include "resembling"[9]or "having the form or character of"[10]the tides, and the termtsunamiis no more accurate because tsunami are not limited to harbours, use of the termtidal waveis discouraged bygeologistsandoceanographers. There are only a few other languages that have an equivalent native word. InAcehnese language, the words arei beuna[11]oraln buluk[12](depending on the dialect). InTamil language, it isaazhi per

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