ชี

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Thai[edit]

Buddhist female lay renunciants
Christian nuns
coriander leaves

Pronunciation[edit]

Orthographic/Phonemicชี
d͡ʑ ī
RomanizationPaiboonchii
Royal Institutechi
(standard) IPA(key)/t͡ɕʰiː˧/

Etymology 1[edit]

From Sanskrit (an honorific title), according to the Royal Institute Dictionary 2011; but more likely to be from Old Khmer , jīha, jiha, jīya, jiya, ji (grandfather, elderly person; forefather, ancestor; patriarch; venerable woman, religieuse; etc), or from Pre-Angkorian Old Khmer ʼaji, ʼajī, ʼji, ji, (idem), or from Angkorian Old Khmer ʼji, ʼjī, ji, (idem), and thus cognate with Modern Khmer ជី (cii). Perhaps cognate with or borrowed as Lao ຊີ ().

Alternative forms[edit]

Alternative forms

Noun[edit]

ชี (chii) (classifier คน or ตน or รูป)

  1. (archaic, irrespective of the sex) priest.
  2. (แม่~, นาง~, ยาย~) female priest; priestess; religieuse.
  3. (Buddhism) (แม่~, นาง~, ยาย~) female lay renunciant: laywoman who has her own hair and eyebrows shaved, vows to adhere to ศีลแปด (Eight Precepts), and is often seen wearing a white robe.
  4. (Christianity) (แม่~, นาง~) nun.

Derived terms[edit]

Derived terms

Etymology 2[edit]

From clipping of ชีปะขาว.

Noun[edit]

ชี (chii) (classifier ตัว)

  1. (แมลง~) mayfly: any insect of the order Ephemeroptera.

Etymology 3[edit]

Cognate with Lao ຊີ ().

Noun[edit]

ชี (chii)

  1. (ผัก~) coriander: the plant Coriandrum sativum of the family Apiaceae.
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Derived terms
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Synonyms
Descendants[edit]
  • Japanese: パクチー

Etymology 4[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

ชี (chii)

  1. (แม่น้ำ~, น้ำ~, แม่~) Chi River, the longest river in Thailand.

Etymology 5[edit]

Verb[edit]

ชี (chii) (abstract noun การชี)

  1. (of a downy substance) to diffuse; to spread; to scatter.
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Derived terms

Etymology 6[edit]

From English she.

Pronoun[edit]

ชี (chii)

  1. (slang, humorous, originally LGBT slang) a third person pronoun, originally used to address a woman or effeminate man, now used irrespective of the sex of the addressee: he, she, they, etc.