cơm

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Vietnamese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Vietic *kəːm (cooked rice); cognate with Arem /kʌːm/. According to Ferlus (2010), a loan from Old Chinese (OC *kaːm) (SV: cam) "water from washing rice; kitchen slops; rice soup (Hokkien)".[1]

Semantically, compare Chinese (rice; meal), Japanese ご飯 (gohan, rice; meal).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

cơm (, 𩚵)

  1. cooked non-glutinous rice
  2. meal (generally speaking)
  3. flesh (of certain fruits); pulp

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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.