Can "flavor" be one of the meanings? Badagnani 01:23, 15 October 2006 (UTC)
What happened to significance of written form of character?
What happened to the significance of the written form of this character? This would seem to be of great educational importance. Badagnani 08:30, 9 November 2006 (UTC)
- This entry has never had any etymological information. Robert Ullmann 12:13, 9 November 2006 (UTC)
Modern "wèi", Middle Chinese "muj去", Old Chinese *"mɯds".
Vietnamese "mùi" ("scent, odour"), which doesn't conform to Sino-Vietnamese correspondences, is probably an earlier loanword. Korean ablaut doublets 맛 (mas, "taste") / 멋 (mes, "fig. taste, smartness") (transcription in Yale to avoid 받침 neutralisation) are also possibly related. mes is possibly related to 魅 (mèi, OC *mrɯds, "charm", note it shares the same phonetic part with 味), 媚 (mèi, OC *mrils, "charm, love"), 美 (měi, OC *mriʔ, "beauty"). 126.96.36.199 04:47, 29 September 2011 (UTC)