tàu

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Vietnamese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Literally meaning "boat," this term may also used as an adjective, placed after a noun to signify something Chinese, such as India ink (mực tàu), jujube (táo tàu), or Chinatown (phố tàu). This usage is derived from the fact that many Chinese refugees came to Vietnam in boats during the Qing Dynasty. In this usage, it may sometimes be considered derogatory.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

tàu

  1. boat, ship, craft

Adjective[edit]

tàu

  1. Chinese