ผีเสื้อ

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Thai[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

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

As for the second sense, the insects got their name due to the old belief that they embody 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]

Orthographicผีเสื้อ
pʰ ī e s ụ̄ ˆ ɒ
Phonemicผี-เสื้อ
pʰ ī – e s ụ̄ ˆ ɒ
RomanizationPaiboonpǐi-sʉ̂ʉa
Royal Institutephi-suea
(standard) IPA(key)/pʰiː˩˩˦.sɯa̯˥˩/
Audio

Noun[edit]

ผีเสื้อ (pǐi-sʉ̂ʉa)

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

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