ข้าว

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Thai[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Southwestern Tai *khaau, from Proto-Tai *C̬.qawᶜ ‎(rice). Compare Lao ເຂົ້າ ‎(khao), ᦃᧁᧉ ‎(ẋav²), Vietnamese gạo‎.

Pronunciation[edit]

Orthographic ข้าว
kʰ ˆ ā w
Phonemic ค่าว
g ˋ ā w
เค่า
e g ˋ ā
Paiboon kâao kâo
(Bangkok) IPA(key) /kʰäːw˥˩/ /kʰäw˥˩/
Audio

Noun[edit]

ข้าว ‎(kâao)

  1. rice.
  2. (colloquial) food; meal.
  3. (archaic) year.

Usage notes[edit]

Kâao is the modern pronunciation of the term. Kâo is its archaic pronunciation, which is still retained in many dialects.

Derived terms[edit]