xiao

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See also: Xiao, xiāo, xiáo, xiǎo, and xiào

English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

a type of xiao flute

Borrowed from Mandarin (xiāo).

Noun[edit]

xiao (plural xiaos)

  1. A type of Chinese flute.
    • 2006, Peter M. Chang, Chou Wen-Chung: The Life and Work of a Contemporary Chinese-born American Composer:
      Chou studied violin and erhu (a two-stringed Chinese fiddle) and tried to emulate his second brother by dabbling in the harmonica, mandolin, xiao (a vertical Chinese flute), and the musical saw.

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Mandarin[edit]

Romanization[edit]

xiao

  1. Nonstandard spelling of xiāo.
  2. Nonstandard spelling of xiáo.
  3. Nonstandard spelling of xiǎo.
  4. Nonstandard spelling of xiào.

Usage notes[edit]

  • English transcriptions of Mandarin speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Mandarin language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.