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See also: lưới and lười


Alternative forms[edit]

  • (North Central Vietnam) lãi (no diphthongization, dialects without ngã-nặng merger)
  • (North Central Vietnam) lại (no diphthongization, dialects with ngã-nặng merger)
  • (North Central Vietnam) lãn (no diphthongization, dialects without ngã-nặng merger, *-lʰ shifted to -nC)


From Proto-Vietic *laːs. Cognate with Muong Bi lãi. Compare also Pacoh leah (to lick).

The Northern Middle Vietnamese forms lưởi, lưỡi are attested in the Dictionarium Annamiticum Lusitanum et Latinum (1651).



(classifier cái) lưỡi (, 𥚇, 󰟴, 𦧜)

  1. (anatomy) a tongue
  2. (of a knife, sword, etc.) a blade
  3. (of a knife, sword, etc.) a cutting edge
    con dao hai lưỡia double-edged knife / a thing that has both useful and harmful effects

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Derived terms