衚衕

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Chinese[edit]

lane lane
trad. (衚衕/胡同) / /
simp. (胡同)

Etymology[edit]

First attested in the Mongol-ruled Yuan Dynasty.

From Middle Mongolian ᠬᠤᠳᠳᠤᠭ(quddug, water well) (> Mongolian худаг(hudag)), indicating that people could live only where wells could be dug.

Alternative theory postulates that this is borrowed from Middle Mongolian ᠭᠤᠳᠤᠮ(ɣudum, corridor, passage, passageway) (> Mongolian гудам(gudam)).

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Noun[edit]

衚衕

  1. hutong (a narrow street, lane, or alley, most commonly in Beijing)