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taste
 
energy; perfect; excellent; refined; very; proficient
simp. and trad.
(味精)

EtymologyEdit

Borrowing from Japanese  () (せい) (misei), coined by Kikunae Ikeda circa 1908. In Japan, it was renamed to  (あじ) (もと) (ajinomoto) for commercial reasons.

PronunciationEdit


NounEdit

味精

  1. monosodium glutamate; MSG

SynonymsEdit

Dialectal synonyms of 味精 (“monosodium glutamate”) [map]
Variety Location Words
Formal (Written Standard Chinese) 穀氨酸鈉 Mainland麩胺酸鈉 Taiwan
Mandarin Beijing 味精
Taiwan 味精
Harbin 味之素 dated
Wuhan 味之素
Guiyang 味精
Yangzhou 味之素 dated
Cantonese Guangzhou 味精
Hong Kong 味精
Taishan 味之素
Gan Nanchang 味之素
Pingxiang 味精
Hakka Miaoli (N. Sixian) 味素
Hsinchu (Hailu) 甜粉
Jin Taiyuan 味精
Min Bei Jian'ou 味四素味精
Min Dong Fuzhou 味素
Matsu 味素
Min Nan Xiamen 味素粉
Quanzhou 味素粉
Zhangzhou 味素味素粉
Taipei 味素味素粉 mT
Kaohsiung 味素
Tainan 味素
Taichung 味素
Wuqi 味素
Hsinchu 味素
Taitung 味素
Lukang 味素
Yilan 味素
Magong 味素
Penang 味素粉
Chaozhou 味精
Wu Shanghai 味之素
Suzhou 味之素
Hangzhou 味精
Wenzhou 味之素 dated
Chongming 味之素
Ningbo 味之素
Xiang Changsha 味子素
Note mT - mainstream Taiwanese (no particular region identified)

DescendantsEdit