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From Sino-Korean 호랑(虎狼) (horang, “tiger”, literally “tigers and wolves”) + 이 (-i, noun suffix). The meaning of "wolves" has been absorbed by "tiger". Displaced native 범 (beom), which is now dated but survives in various compounds.
- (SK Standard/Seoul) IPA(key): [ˈɸʷo̞(ː)ɾa̠ŋi]
- Phonetic hangul: [호(ː)랑이]
- Though still prescriptive in Standard Korean, most speakers in both Koreas no longer distinguish vowel length.
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- Hong Yuk-pyo (2005), '호랑이'의 어원.