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|simp. and trad.
|Literally: “the four seas”.|
In Ancient China, it was thought that China was surrounded by ocean on all four sides. Eventually, this phrase came to mean "all four directions" or "everywhere."
- Cantonese (Jyutping): sei3 hoi2
- Hakka (Sixian, PFS): si-hói
- Min Nan (POJ): sìr-hái / sù-hái
- Min Nan
- (Hokkien: Quanzhou)
- (Hokkien: mainstream Taiwanese, Xiamen, Zhangzhou)