Fake Etymologies

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くろ, adj. /kʊɹo/

Meaning “black” in Japanese, composed of (“village”) and an alternative form of (“fire”). Simplified from with the Shinjitai reform of 1946. Because towns’ watchfires would be kept burning all but continuously, the ceramic-lined fire pits would acquire a thick, black layer of tar and ash over the generations.