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Use this template in the etymology section of a term with a derivation from an uncertain Chinese language. When the specific language is known (Mandarin, Cantonese, Min Nan, etc.) please use {{etyl}} or {{der}} with the relevant language code.


The template requires at least one parameter, the Sinitic word to be linked to. The word is automatically wrapped up in Hani language/script tags to implement an appropriate font and size for Han script. For this reason, pinyin should not be used. There are also five optional parameters:

  • 2: the gloss (brief explanation) for 1
  • 3: a second Sinitic term to be linked to
  • 4: the gloss for 3
  • 5: a third Sinitic term to be linked to
  • 6: the gloss for 5