cơm

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Vietnamese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Vietic *kəːm (cooked rice); cognate with Arem kʌːm. According to Ferlus, a loan from Chinese (OC *kaːm, “water from washing rice; kitchen slops”) (SV: cam).[1]

Semantically, compare Thai ข้าว (kâao, rice; meal), Khmer បាយ (baay, rice; meal), Chinese (rice; meal), Japanese ご飯 (gohan, rice; meal).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

cơm (, 𩚵)

  1. cooked non-glutinous rice
  2. a rice meal
    ăn cơm
    to eat rice; to have a rice meal, optionally with meat, fish, soup, among other foods
  3. (of fruit, especially coconuts) meat; flesh

Derived terms[edit]

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Adjective[edit]

cơm

  1. (of fruit) tasteless (not sour, or only slightly sweet)

Verb[edit]

cơm

  1. (slang) to walk away with; to steal

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ferlus, Michel. “The Austroasiatic Vocabulary for Rice: its Origin and Expansion.” Journal of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society 3.2 (2010), 61-76.