My question is about the following sentence, found in a 語源辞典 dictionary from 新明解 about the 育む verb.


I had never seen constructs where the dictionary form of a verb is directly followed by の+Noun。. My guess is that の義。 it is just short for と言う義。 If so, one should see it as 「羽で包んで保護する」の義。 Is that correct, or am I missing something?

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It is a typical pattern for dictionary definitions.

It omits である at the end, so Xの義=Xの義である=Means X. Or even more literally Xの義=The sense of X. So in this case, the sense of protecting by wrapping by feathers.

I think Xの意 is more usual.

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