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  1. A former settlement in Wugong, Xianyang, Shaanxi, China.
    • 2016, M Yong et al., “Originating Period of Tourism Culture”, in The General History of Chinese Tourism Culture[1], →OCLC, archived from the original on 2023-07-21, pages 11, 26, 27[2]:
      The first ancestor of Zhou tribe was Hou Ji who originally lived in Tai (today's Wugong of Shaanxi), and duke of Liu , his successor, moved to Bin (today's Bin county of Shaanxi), and then passed down to the lord of Dan. []
      Qi later settled down in Tai (southwest of Wugong county of today's Shaanxi), which was located the center of the fertile land of Weibei Plain. []
      The poem Duke Liu, which only has 6 sections and 234 Chinese characters in total, vividly narrates duke Liu's moving from Tai (today's Wugong county , Shaanxi province) to Bin (today's Binxian county, Shaanxi province) and big events regarding him in a very organized structure.
  2. A local government area of Rivers State, Nigeria.
  3. A female given name from Chinese.
  4. A branch of the Tai-Kadai language family, including Thai, Lao, Shan, and Zhuang.

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Tai (plural Tais or Tai)

  1. A descendant of speakers of a common proto-Tai language, including subpopulations which no longer speak a Tai language.
    • 1901, Census of India:
      The Tais first appeared in history in Yunnan, and from thence they migrated into Upper Burma. The earliest swarms appear to have entered that tract about two thousand years ago, and were small in number.
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From Mandarin (Dài) Wade–Giles romanization: Tai⁴.

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  1. Alternative form of Dai
    • 1979, Meishi Tsai, Contemporary Chinese Novels and Short Stories, 1949-1974: An Annotated Bibliography[3], Harvard University Press, →ISBN, →LCCN, →OCLC, page 142:
      Five short stories concern land reform, elections in the border region, and anti-Japanese activities:[...]
      e) “Feng-pao Tai-hsien-chʻeng” 風暴代縣城 (Storms in Tai County). A twenty-year-old anti-Japanese hero does not surrender even when he is captured and executed.
    • 1994 [145–86 BCE], Ssu-ma Chʻien, edited by William Nienhauser, The Grand Scribe's Records[4], Indiana University Press, →ISBN, →OCLC, page 114:
      Kuang-wu 廣武 lay in the southwestern part of today's Tai County 代縣, Shansi; Wu and Lu, 93.3392n.
    • 2002, Ancient China and Its Enemies: The Rise of Nomadic Power in East Asian History[5], →OCLC, page 190:
      Kou-chu Mountains: today called Yen-men Mountains, a mountain range located to the southeast of Ma-yi, near present-day Tai county, in Shansi (Chung-kuo li-shih ti-t'u chi, 2:17-18, 3-10).
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From Mandarin (Dài) Wade–Giles romanization: Tai⁴, Cantonese: daai3.

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  1. A surname.
    • 2017 November 7, Lin Chia-nan, “Kerry logistics accused of work-related injury cover-up”, in Taipei Times[6], →ISSN, →OCLC, archived from the original on 06 November 2017, Taiwan News, page 3‎[7]:
      The company on Nov. 3 last year asked an employee surnamed Tai () to deliver 10 barrels of silane — a flammable alkaline substance — from Pingtung County’s Chaojhou Township (潮州) to Sinyuan Township (新園) without telling him what the cargo would be, Tseng said at a news conference on behalf of Tai, adding that the company did not even have a license to deliver the dangerous substance.

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  • According to the 2010 United States Census, Tai is the 7553rd most common surname in the United States, belonging to 4401 individuals. Tai is most common among Asian/Pacific Islander (86.18%) individuals.

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  1. Thailand (a country in Southeast Asia)