กระสือ

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Thai[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Uncertain. Compare Lao ກະສື (ka sư̄).

Pronunciation[edit]

Orthographicกระสือ
k r a s ụ̄ ɒ
Phonemicกฺระ-สือ
k ̥ r a – s ụ̄ ɒ
RomanizationPaiboongrà-sʉ̌ʉ
Royal Institutekra-sue
(standard) IPA(key)/kra˨˩.sɯː˩˩˦/

Noun[edit]

กระสือ (grà-sʉ̌ʉ)

  1. a type of nocturnal spirit, believed to possess a woman and cause her to appear at night with only her head and internal organs that emit luminescent glow and float around to seek filthy things, such as feces and carrion, to eat. The male counterpart is known as กระหัง.
  2. (botany) a type of turmeric that resembles zedoary, traditionally believed to be of a supernatural power to possess a woman like the said spirit.
  3. (botany) any of numerous bioluminescent mushrooms.
  4. (zoology) glowworm.