When I searched the meaning of "萌え" in the dictionary it said that this word means "sprouting, or crush (esp. on an imaginary character in manga, etc.)"
I have often heard that もえ means cute, but the meaning of this word in the dictionary is not close to "cute"
Does 萌え only refer to feelings of affection toward imaginary characters or does it have other meanings like cute?
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