Other Word Forms
Origin of futon
- Japanese ultimately (although the first syllable is now written with the kanji for fu cloth) from early Mandarin phu´ thↄn´ a kind of mat (Modern Mandarin pútuán cushion made from rushes, hassock made from cattails) phu´ rushes, reeds, aquatic grasses (such as those used for bedding, for example) (from Middle Chinese pfiuə̆) thↄn´ round, to roll into a ball (from Middle Chinese tfiuan)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Japanese 布団 (futon ふとん), from Middle Chinese 蒲團 (bu-dwan "meditation cushion") (compare Mandarin pútuán 蒲团), from 蒲 ("cattail") + 團 ("sphere", "round object").