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Non-Sino-Vietnamese reading of Chinese (“grue”; SV: thanh).



xanh (𩇛, 𩇢, 𫕹) (phonemic reduplicative xanh xanh)

  1. grue (green or blue in languages that do not distinguish the two colors)
    bầu trời xanh thẳm
    the infinitely blue sky
    Lá còn xanh như anh đang còn trẻ.
    Lá trên cành, như anh trong đoàn quân.
    A leaf is green, like he is young.
    A leaf is on a branch, like he is in a troop.
  2. (of fruit) "green"; unripe

Usage notes[edit]

  • xanh lá cây or xanh lục should not be overused because it will make sentences clunky in Vietnamese. Most of the time, Vietnamese people do not really care about those shades and they simply go with xanh, though a few do use lục and lam to avoid confusion.



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