蝴蝶

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Chinese[edit]

butterfly butterfly
simp. and trad.
(蝴蝶)
alt. forms 胡蝶 obsolete
蝴蜨

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Chinese *ɣo dep (first syllable unstressed), from Old Chinese *ɡa-lep, derived from a proto-form of *kʰleːp ~ *ɦleːp, a prefixed form of the root *lep ("wide, flat", represented by the phonetic element (OC *leb)).

Variants: (OC *l̥ʰeːb, *l'eːb), 蛺蝶 (OC *kep l’ep), 蛺蜨 (OC *kep sep), representing different developments from the proto-form, including disyllabification, fricativisation of the voiceless initial, etc.

Cognates from the same word family:

  • (OC *hljeb, *leb, “leaf”)
  • (OC *l̥ʰaːb, *l'eːb, “flatfish, plaice”)
  • (OC *leb) > (OC *l'eːb, “plate”)
  • (OC *l'eːb, “official document < plank”).

This word in Chinese descends from Proto-Sino-Tibetan *lep(butterfly), also the source of

Outside Sino-Tibetan, compare Middle Korean

  • 나븨(napuy, butterfly, modern 나비(nabi))
  • (nip, leaf, modern (ip))
  • 넙치(neopchi, flatfish),

similarly derived from a similar-shaped adjective root 넙다(nep-, to be wide, flat, modern 넓다(neol(p)-)).

Pronunciation[edit]



Rime
Character
Reading # 1/1 2/2
Initial () (33) (7)
Final () (23) (158)
Tone (調) Level (Ø) Checked (Ø)
Openness (開合) Open Open
Division () I IV
Fanqie
Reconstructions
Zhengzhang
Shangfang
/ɦuo/ /dep̚/
Pan
Wuyun
/ɦuo/ /dep̚/
Shao
Rongfen
/ɣo/ /dɛp̚/
Edwin
Pulleyblank
/ɦɔ/ /dɛp̚/
Li
Rong
/ɣo/ /dep̚/
Wang
Li
/ɣu/ /diep̚/
Bernard
Karlgren
/ɣuo/ /dʱiep̚/
Expected
Mandarin
Reflex
dié
Zhengzhang system (2003)
Character
Reading # 1/1 2/2
No. 4254 11580
Phonetic
component
Rime
group
Rime
subdivision
0 2
Corresponding
MC rime
Old
Chinese
/*ɡaː/ /*l'eːb/
Notes

Noun[edit]

蝴蝶

  1. butterfly   (Classifier: )

Synonyms[edit]

Dialectal synonyms of 蝴蝶 (“butterfly”)
Variety Location Words
Classical Chinese 蝴蝶
Formal (Written Standard Chinese) 蝴蝶
Mandarin Beijing 蝴蝶兒
Taiwan 蝴蝶
Jinan 蝴蝶
Xi'an 蝴蝶兒蟬兒
Wuhan 蝴蝶
Chengdu 蝴蝶飛蛾兒
Yangzhou 蝴蝶子蝴葉蝶子
Hefei 蝴蝶
Cantonese Guangzhou 蝴蝶崩沙
Hong Kong 蝴蝶
Yangjiang 蝴蝶崩沙
Gan Nanchang 蝴蝶
Hakka Meixian 蝴蝶揚蝶仔
Miaoli (N. Sixian) 揚蝶仔
Liudui (S. Sixian) 揚蝶仔
Hsinchu (Hailu) 蝶仔
Dongshi (Dabu)
Zhuolan (Raoping) 蝶仔
Yunlin (Zhao'an) 蝴蝶
Jin Taiyuan 蝴蝶蝴蝶兒
Min Bei Jian'ou 蝴蝶
Min Dong Fuzhou 蝴蝶
Min Nan Xiamen 尾蝶蝴蝶蝶仔
Quanzhou 尾蝶蝴蝶蝶仔
Zhangzhou 尾蝶蝴蝶蝶仔
Taipei 蝶仔蝴蝶
Kaohsiung 蝶仔蝴蝶
Tainan 尾蝶仔
Taichung 蝶仔
Yilan 蝶仔蝴蝶
Lukang 蝶仔
Sanxia 蝶仔
Kinmen 尾蝶
Magong 蝶婆
Hsinchu 蝶仔蝴蝶
Malaysia 尾蝶
Chaozhou 尾蝶
Wu Suzhou 蝴蝶
Wenzhou 蝴蝶
Xiang Changsha 蝴蝶蝴蝶子
Shuangfeng 飛摸子蝴蝶子

See also[edit]


Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term

Hyōgaiji
ちょう
Jinmeiyō
on'yomi

Noun[edit]

蝴蝶 ‎(hiragana こちょう, romaji kochō)

  1. butterfly