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Translingual[edit]

Stroke order
茶-bw.png

Etymology[edit]

Phono-semantic compound (形聲): semantic  + phonetic 

Han character[edit]

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

References[edit]

  • 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

Chinese[edit]

simpl. and trad.

Etymology[edit]

Phono-semantic compound (形聲): semantic  + phonetic . 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. Words represented by the two variants are etymologically cognate and are ultimately from Proto-Sino-Tibetan *s-la.

Pronunciation[edit]


Middle Chinese pronunciation (, reconstructed)
Character (茶), Pronunciation (1/1)

Initial: 澄 (11)
Final: 麻
Division: II

Openness: Open
Tone: Level (Ø)

Fanqie: 宅加切
Zhengzhang
Shangfang
Bernard
Karlgren
Li
Rong
Pan
Wuyun
Edwin
Pulleyblank
Wang
Li
Shao
Rongfen
/ɖɣa/ /ȡʱa/ /ȡa/ /ɖɯa/ /ɖaɨ/ /ȡa/ /ȡa/

Hanzi[edit]

(Pinyin chá, Wade-Giles ch'a2)

Noun[edit]

  1. tea

Compounds[edit]

Descendants[edit]

Sino-Xenic (茶):

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji[edit]

(grade 2 “Kyōiku” kanji)

  1. tea

Readings[edit]

Compounds[edit]

Noun[edit]

(hiragana ちゃ, romaji cha)

  1. tea (not used on its own in modern Japanese)
     (ちゃ)はいかがですか。
    ocha wa ikaga desuka.
    How about some tea? (Would you like some tea?)
  2. brown

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Korean[edit]

Hanja[edit]

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

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Vietnamese[edit]

Han character[edit]

(trà)

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