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In a sentence

もう、何度目の北航路になるだろう

I break down 北航路 as 北{きた} + 航路{こうろ} ("north course", based on a previous context where words were used separately). But would it also make sense (perhaps in some other context) to break it down as 北航{ほっこう} + 路{じ} (something like "north-sailing route")? Or does such split makes no sense?

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I hadn't heard the word 北航 but 北航する seems to be used in specialized book of ship. However I think 北航路 can't be separated as 北航 + 路 because 北航 isn't common word.

北航路 can commonly be separated as 北 + 航路 as you know.

  • Hmm, indeed, the word 北航 is present in bilingual dictionary, but I failed to find it in a few monolingual dictionaries I just tried. Thanks! – kroki Aug 5 '16 at 13:39
  • I found out 北航する in specialized book of ship but it isn't common word. – Yuuichi Tam Aug 5 '16 at 14:19

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