เงือก

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Thai[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Tai *ŋɯəkᴰ (crocodile), from Middle Chinese (“crocodile”). Cognate with Lao ເງືອກ (ngư̄ak), Shan ငိူၵ်ႈ (ngoek3), Ahom 𑜂𑜢𑜤𑜀𑜫 (nguek).

Pronunciation[edit]

Orthographic/Phonemic เงือก
e ŋ ụ̄ ɒ k
Paiboon ngʉ̂ʉak
(Bangkok) IPA(key) /ŋɯa̯k̚˥˩/

Noun[edit]

เงือก (ngʉ̂ʉak)

  1. (archaic) snake.
  2. (archaic) nāga; dragon.
  3. (archaic) crocodylian.
  4. (archaic) malevolent creature mentioned in ancient documents, possibly having a snake- or crocodile-like appearance and associated with water.
  5. merperson.
  6. (sports slang) swimmer.
  7. (colloquial) dugong.
  8. (zoology) (นก~) any of various birds of the family Bucerotidae.

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