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Min Nan[edit]



  1. Pe̍h-ōe-jī form of , (colloquial)
  2. Pe̍h-ōe-jī form of (colloquial)
  3. Pe̍h-ōe-jī form of (colloquial)

Further reading[edit]

  • Query for tàu”, in 臺灣閩南語常用詞辭典 [Dictionary of Frequently-Used Taiwan Minnan] (in Min Nan), Ministry of Education, R.O.C., 2023.
  • 周长楫 [Zhou, Changji], editor (2006) 闽南方言大词典 MINNAN FANGYAN DA CIDIAN [Dictionary of Southern Min dialects] (in Hokkien and Mandarin Chinese), Fuzhou: 福建人民出版社 [Fujian People's Publishing House], →ISBN, pages 262–264.



Etymology 1[edit]

Non-Sino-Vietnamese reading of Chinese (SV: tào).


(classifier con, chiếc) tàu

  1. one of several types of vehicle or craft, usually large, designed for navigation in or on water, in air, on rails, or through outer space
    Meronyms: tàu hoả (train), tàu điện (electric train), tàu điện ngầm (subway), tàu thuỷ (ship), tàu ngầm (submarine), tàu vũ trụ (spaceship), tàu bay (aircraft) (dated)
    say tàutrainsick or seasick
    tàu bayaircraft
    tàu Người Hà Lan Baythe Flying Dutchman
    tàu Nautilusthe Nautilus
    tàu Con Thoithe Space Shuttle
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Etymology 2[edit]

(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)


tàu (𬟠 - , )

  1. a large leaf
    Sâu đầu đen gây hại làm tàu dừa cháy khô từ những lá già bên dưới.
    The Coconut black-headed caterpillar harmfully makes the coconut tree's large leaves dry-out from the older leaves underneath.

Etymology 3[edit]

See Tàu.


tàu ()

  1. Alternative letter-case form of Tàu (Chinese)
Usage notes[edit]

Except in common compound words such as táo tàu, the capitalized spelling Tàu is used. Note, however, that Tàu, particularly người Tàu, may be considered derogatory.

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