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west phonetic
trad. (西藏) 西
simp. #(西藏) 西
 
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EtymologyEdit

Calque of Manchu ᠸᠠᡵᡤᡳ
ᡯᠠᠩ
(wargi dzang, Ü-Tsang; Tibet, literally west dzang) in Qing-dynasty imperial annals (Qing Shilu, 1663 CE) (Chen, 1999).

The Manchu term was a phono-semantic matching of Tibetan དབུས་གཙང (dbus gtsang, Ü-Tsang), matching the first syllable དབུས (dbus, centre) with the then close-sounding Manchu ᠸᠠᡵᡤᡳ (wargi, west, i.e. western region) (ibid.).

PronunciationEdit


Proper nounEdit

西藏

  1. Tibet (cultural area)
  2. (~自治區) Tibetan Autonomous Region; Xizang Autonomous Region

SynonymsEdit

  • (older names) (fán), 土蕃 (Tǔbō, Tǔfán), 吐蕃 (Tǔbō, Tǔfán)

Derived termsEdit