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Can "flavor" be one of the meanings? Badagnani 01:23, 15 October 2006 (UTC)

What happened to significance of written form of character?[edit]

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 (mas, "taste") / (mes, "fig. taste, smartness") (transcription in Yale to avoid 받침 neutralisation) are also possibly related. mes is possibly related to (mèi, OC *mrɯds, "charm", note it shares the same phonetic part with 味), (mèi, OC *mrils, "charm, love"), (měi, OC *mriʔ, "beauty"). 04:47, 29 September 2011 (UTC)