What does "kunoichi" mean? Female Japanese ninja, written in kanji and hiragana.?
I'm a Japanese language student, so the following might be a bit redundant or boring: One possibility is that the "ku" is for 9 (written usually in kanji as "ku" or "kyu"), and it's a particle "no", suggesting posession or nominalization. "9 of 1" or something, suggesting hiding places that a female ninja may have (or so I heard).
So, what does this name name really mean or imply? Any historical information would also be good. Thanks!