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U+4E78, 乸
CJK UNIFIED IDEOGRAPH-4E78

[U+4E77]
CJK Unified Ideographs
[U+4E79]

Translingual[edit]

Han character[edit]

(radical 5 +7, 8 strokes, cangjie input 心木田卜戈 (PDWYI), four-corner 47715, composition)

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Chinese[edit]

simp. and trad.

Etymology[edit]

Probably a dialectal form of (OC *naʔ, “woman; female”) (Schuessler, 2007).

Alternatively, Li (1990) proposed that this may be a Tai substrate loan, related to Zhuang nax (younger maternal uncle or aunt), Thai น้า (náa) (which go back to Proto-Tai *naːᶜ (mother's younger sibling)).

Pronunciation[edit]

Definitions[edit]

  1. (Cantonese) female animal
    / [Cantonese]  ―  zyu1 naa2 [Jyutping]  ―  sow
  2. (Cantonese, often derogatory) mother
  3. (Cantonese, often derogatory) wife (Classifier: c)
  4. (Cantonese) sissy; feminine; unmanly
    [Cantonese]  ―  naa2 jing4 [Jyutping]  ―  sissy

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