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Adverbial noun (fukushitekimeishi)
Temporal noun (jisoumeishi)
beginning (of a century, etc.)Beginn, Anfang

ON: ショKUN: はじ.め, はじ.めて, はつ, はつ-, うい-, -そ.める, -ぞ.め
first time, beginning

ON: トウ, ズ, トKUN: あたま, かしら, -がしら, かぶり
head, counter for large animals

Example sentences
事実、海は今世紀の初頭よりすでに10cmも上昇しているのである。Parts: 事実 (じじつ), (うみ), 今世紀 (こんせいき), 初頭 (しょとう), より, 既に (すでに), 上昇 (じょうしょう), であるIn fact, the sea has already risen 10 centimeters since the beginning of this century.

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