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See also: , , vu, VU, , , ʋu, and .vu

Vietnamese[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle Vietnamese ꞗú, from *b-rn-uːʔ ~ k-buːʔ, from Proto-Mon-Khmer *ʔbuuʔ. Related to .

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

(, , 𠄀, 𡝦, 𦜘)

  1. (anatomy, of a primate) a breast
  2. (anatomy, by extension, of a non-primate mammal) a body part that functions similarly to the primate breast or nipple; an udder, a teat, etc.
    vú bòa cow udder
  3. wet nurse
    • 1934, Nguyễn Công Hoan, chapter I, in Lá ngọc cành vàng, Tân Dân:
      –  em! / – Dạ. / – Sao cứ hát nhảm thế? Ru bài khác không được à?
      "Wet nurse!" "Yes." "Why does wet nurse sing such stupidities? Can't you sing another lullaby?"

Usage notes[edit]

  • Albeit used in scientific contexts, this term is still informally considered risqué, and people tend to use euphemisms, such as ngực (chest), instead.

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