ผีเสื้อ

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Thai[edit]

yellow longnose butterflyfish

Etymology[edit]

From ผี (pǐi, spirit) +‎ เสื้อ (sʉ̂ʉa, tutelar).

As for the second sense, the insects got their name due to an old belief that butterflies embodied ancestral or tutelar spirits.[1]

As for the third sense, the fish got their name probably due to their appearance or colours that look like butterflies.

Pronunciation[edit]

Orthographic ผีเสื้อ
pʰ ī e s ụ̄ ˆ ɒ
Phonemic ผี-เสื้อ
pʰ ī – e s ụ̄ ˆ ɒ
Paiboon pǐi-sʉ̂ʉa
(Bangkok) IPA(key) /pʰiː˩˩˦.sɯa̯˥˩/
Audio

Noun[edit]

ผีเสื้อ (pǐi-sʉ̂ʉa)

  1. tutelar spirit.
  2. (zoology) butterfly, an insect of the order Lepidoptera.
  3. (zoology) butterflyfish, a fish of the family Chaetodontidae, except โนรี (noo-rii), Heniochus spp.

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