I've come across a sentence describing a nekomata that I only partially understand. Here it is:


I understand that it's talking about the nekomata's fur color, which is white with light pink, but I'm unsure of the second part of the sentence.

What does かかった毛並み mean here? I've split it up into two parts (かかった and 毛並み) but I'm still unsure as to what it means.

Any help is appreciated. Thanks!

  • 2
    You sure it's 桃色がかった, not 桃色がかった ? (桃色がかかった would also make sense but I want to make sure.)
    – chocolate
    Mar 18, 2020 at 0:50
  • 接尾辞「がかった」を含む(複合修飾語っぽい性質の)「薄い桃色がかった」より、動詞の「かかった」を含む(「主語+動詞」の構造を持つ)「薄い桃色がかかった」の方が、関係節中の動作・作用の行われる対象(場所?)を示す格助詞句「全身白色の体毛に」の適切性が明確な気がしますね。
    – goldbrick
    Mar 18, 2020 at 8:45
  • @Chocolate Yeah, what I have is what is written.
    – Bizkit
    Mar 18, 2020 at 16:44

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かかる can mean:

㊸ そのような性質・傾向を帯びる。
(from 明鏡国語辞典)

「青みのかかった緑色」 = "bluish green" (≂ 青みを[帯]{お}びた緑色) 

It can also be used in the form of がかる as a suffix:

㈢ 〘接尾〙《名詞に付いて、「がかる」の形で》
❷ ‥‥色を帯びる意を表す。
(from 明鏡国語辞典)

An example from プログレッシブ和英辞典:

がかった灰色の上着 a purplish gray coat

  • I tried to answer this question but it was a bit beyond my knowledge, but I thought the person was asking what the difference was between the 体毛 and the 毛並み parts of the cat fur.
    – user36788
    Mar 18, 2020 at 3:01
  • ^ およよ・・・体毛は body hair って感じで、毛並みは fur, coat って感じですかね・・
    – chocolate
    Mar 18, 2020 at 5:18

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