chiêm bao

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Vietnamese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Sino-Vietnamese word from (to gaze; to view) + bao, from Proto-Vietic *s-poː (to dream), from Proto-Mon-Khmer *mp[ɔ]ʔ. Alternatively, along with mồ hôi (sweat), mồ côi (orphaned) and kì đà (monitor lizard), this is one of the few cases where minor syllable was retained and later came under the influence of a Sino-Vietnamese word. Compare Chut [Rục] cəpoː¹.

Cognate with Pacoh mpo, apo, Bahnar apo, Khmu [Cuang] hmpoʔ, Mon လ္ပံ, Sa'och [of Kanchanaburi] pʰoːˀ.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

chiêm bao

  1. (literary) to dream

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