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Translingual[edit]

Stroke order
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Etymology[edit]

The leading theory appears to be that 茶 originates as a graphical modification of archaic (tú, bitter plant), used for tea in classical sources, with the original pronunciation replaced with chá in Mandarin, but retained and developing into te in Min Nan. [1][2][3] Words represented by the two variants are etymologically cognate and are ultimately from Proto-Sino-Tibetan *s-la.

Han character[edit]

(radical 140 +6, 9 strokes, cangjie input 廿人木 (TOD), four-corner 44904, composition𠆢)

  1. tea

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_tea_in_China#Etymology
  2. ^ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_tea_culture#Etymology
  3. ^ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tea#The_word_.22tea.22
  • KangXi: page 1029, character 4
  • Dai Kanwa Jiten: character 30915
  • Dae Jaweon: page 1488, character 1
  • Hanyu Da Zidian: volume 5, page 3207, character 2
  • Unihan data for U+8336

Cantonese[edit]

Hanzi[edit]

(Jyutping caa4, Yale cha4)

Noun[edit]

(traditional and simplified, Jyutping caa4)

  1. tea

Compounds[edit]


Hakka[edit]

Hanzi[edit]

(POJ tshâ (tsha5), Guangdong ts'a2, Hagfa Pinyim ca2)

References[edit]


Japanese[edit]

Kanji[edit]

(grade 2 “Kyōiku” kanji)

  1. tea

Readings[edit]

Compounds[edit]

Noun[edit]

(hiragana ちゃ, romaji cha)

  1. tea

See also[edit]


Korean[edit]

Hanja[edit]

(da, cha) (hangeul [[, ]], revised da, cha, McCune-Reischauer ta, ch'a, Yale ta, cha)


Mandarin[edit]

simpl. and trad.

Pronunciation[edit]

Hanzi[edit]

(Pinyin chá (cha2), Wade-Giles ch'a2)

Noun[edit]

(traditional and simplified, Pinyin chá)

  1. tea

Compounds[edit]

See also[edit]


Min Nan[edit]

Hanzi[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

(traditional and simplified, POJ (te5))

  1. tea

Vietnamese[edit]

Han character[edit]

(trà)