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ChineseEdit

horse; surname youth
trad. (馬郎)
simp. (马郎)

EtymologyEdit

Unknown.

Wu (2002) proposes that this is a corruption of 麻欄麻栏, name for the traditional dwelling houses of the ethnic minorities (where lovers stay when dating), possibly influenced by 馬郎婦马郎妇 (Mǎlángfù, “wife of Ma-lang, a manifestation of the bodhisattva Guanyin”).

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NounEdit

馬郎

  1. (dated) lover of an unmarried Miao (Hmong) or Yi girl

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