What does "kunoichi" mean? Female Japanese ninja, written in kanji and hiragana.?

What does kunoichi mean? Japanese for female ninja, it's written with hiragana 'ku no' and kanji 'ichi' (one). I've heard a bunch of different theories, but I can't find anything concrete. I'm a Japanese language student, so the following might be a bit redundant or boring: One... show more What does kunoichi mean? Japanese for female ninja, it's written with hiragana 'ku no' and kanji 'ichi' (one). I've heard a bunch of different theories, but I can't find anything concrete.

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!
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