bạc

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Vietnamese[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Chemical element
Ag
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From Proto-Vietic *baːk (white), a non-Sino-Vietnamese reading of Chinese (white, SV: bạch); cognate with Proto-Pong *paːk⁸ (“white”), Pong paːk, Thổ pɐːk⁸. The semantic development “white” > “silver” parallels that of vàng (“yellow” > “gold”).

Noun[edit]

bạc (, , )

  1. silver
  2. money

Adjective[edit]

bạc (, , )

  1. silver (either in material or in appearance)
  2. (figuratively, of hair) gray
    Tóc thầy bạc trắng như mây.The teacher's hair is gray like clouds.

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Etymology 2[edit]

Sino-Vietnamese word from .

Adjective[edit]

bạc (, , )

  1. (of fate or life) miserable; ill
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Etymology 3[edit]

Non-Sino-Vietnamese reading of Chinese (to gamble, SV: bác).

Noun[edit]

bạc

  1. Short for bài bạc (gambling).
    Đen tình, đỏ bạc.Bad luck in romance brings good luck in gambling.

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