phù thuỷ

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See also: phù thủy

Vietnamese[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Sino-Vietnamese word from 符水 (charmed water).

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Noun[edit]

phù thuỷ

  1. any mythical or folkloric creature who practices magic or witchcraft; a witch, warlock, wizard, charmer, enchanter, magician, etc.
    mụ phù thuỷ
    a wicked witch
    thầy phù thuỷ
    a wizard
    Trường Phù thủy và Pháp sư Hogwarts
    Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

Usage notes[edit]

  • Fantasy has never been a popular genre in Vietnamese literature, so it is not surprising that Vietnamese does not have a well-built fantasy vocabulary. As with the case of short creatures such as dwarfs, leprechauns, gnomes, trolls, etc. which are all called người lùn (short people), chú lùn (short men), etc., there are next to no terms for "magic/witchcraft/wizardry practioners" beside phù thuỷ and pháp sư.