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See also: цяй and чай

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MongolianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Chinese (chá).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

цай (tsaj) (Mongolian spelling ᠴᠠᠢ (čai))

  1. tea

Derived termsEdit


Southern AltaiEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): [t͡sɑi̯], [tˢɑɪ̯]

Etymology 1Edit

Presumably from Old Turkic [script needed] (tāɣ/tau), from Proto-Turkic *tāu, *tāɣ, *dāɣ (mountain), *dāg (mountain).

Alternative formsEdit

NounEdit

цай (cay)

  1. mountain
Usage notesEdit

The voiceless form (ц or т) appear more common in southern and southeastern dialects. Dialectal variation in Altai is large so it is possible confusion may arise, however, context will resolve the clarity.

Etymology 2Edit

Ultimately, from Sinitic . Compare Turkish çay, Russian чай (čaj), Erzya цяй (cjaj). Some folk etymology links it to Tibetan ཚྭའི (tshwa'i, salt) because of the traditional salty tea, but no evidence supports this.

NounEdit

цай (cay)

  1. tea
Usage notesEdit

Traditionally it has included salty tea, but in modern use often not.

Etymology 3Edit

From Proto-Turkic *čāj.

NounEdit

цай (cay)

  1. river, stream

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