cây

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See also: cay, CAY, cáy, cấy, čay, çay, and çaý

Vietnamese[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • (North Central Vietnam) cân
  • (North Central Vietnam) cơn

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Vietic *gəl ~ *kəl, from Proto-Mon-Khmer *(d)kər (tree; plant) (according to Shorto); cognate with Central Vietnamese cân, Muong câl, cấl. Related to cấy.

Various words with similar shape that have the meaning of "to fell trees" occurs, including Semai kol, Temiar kel, Proto-Bahnaric *kal (whence Koho köl) and Proto-Katuic *kəl (whence Pacoh câl); all could be contributed to *kuəl ~ *kəl (to cut down, fell), which might related to the root above.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

(classifier cái) cây (𣘃)

  1. tree
  2. plant
  3. (colloquial) Short for cây số (kilometre/kimometer).
    Nhà tui cách Sài Gòn cỡ năm chục cây.
    My house is about fifty kilometres from Sài Gòn.

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Classifier[edit]

cây (𣘃)

  1. Indicates plants
  2. Indicates stick/rod-like objects
  3. (music) Indicates string instruments and some other types of musical instruments