筷子

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Chinese[edit]

chopstick
 
child; son; (noun suff.); small thing; midnight; 11 p.m.-1 a.m.; seed; egg; 1st earthly branch
simp. and trad.
(筷子)

Etymology[edit]

The Old Chinese words for "chopsticks" were (zhù, OC *das) and (jiā, OC *keːb). is preserved in Min dialects (Taiwanese , ; Fuzhou dê̤ṳ), Korean 젓가락 (jeotgarak) and Vietnamese đũa. Starting from the Ming Dynasty, the change to 筷子 occurred in Mandarin, Wu and some Cantonese dialects. The 15th century book Shuyuan Miscellanies (《菽園雜記》) by Lu Rong (陸容) mentioned this change: 舟行」……,快兒 / 舟行”……,快儿  ―  Rú zhōuháng huì "zhù"......, yǐ "zhù" wéi "kuàir"  ―  As the mariners feared (“to stay”) […], they called (“chopsticks”) 快兒 (lit. "quick"). The bamboo radical () was later added to to form .

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筷子 (classifier (shuāng))

  1. chopsticks

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