Where does ゴミ come from?

Normally words written in katakana are foreign words, mostly english ones. But for ゴミ (garbage - learnt in ゴミ箱 at level 16) I can’t see the original foreign word. Any ideas?

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It’s not a foreign word - 塵 is the kanji.

This one is the “scientific terms” use of katakana, I guess.


Plenty of native words are written in katakana as well. That rule is not as universal as often described.


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