EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

PIE word
*bʰréh₂tēr

Transliteration of Hindi भाई (bhāī) / Urdu بھائی(bhāī).

NounEdit

bhai (plural bhais)

  1. (India) friend, dude, man
  2. brother

HlaiEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Hlai *ɓəj (bamboo raft), from Pre-Hlai *Cəʔbəj (Norquest, 2015). Compare Proto-Tai *beːᴬ (raft) (whence Thai แพ (pɛɛ)), Middle Chinese (MC bˠɛi).

PronunciationEdit

  • (Standard Hlai) IPA(key): /ɓai˥˧/

NounEdit

bhai

  1. bamboo raft

Southeastern TepehuanEdit

Etymology 1Edit

Cognate with Northern Tepehuan báji, O'odham bahi, Mayo buasia, Hopi kwasi (penis).

NounEdit

bhai (plural bhaabhai)

  1. tail

Etymology 2Edit

Cognate with O'odham s-bahi, Mayo buassi.

AdjectiveEdit

bhai

  1. cooked
  2. ripe

Related termsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • Willett, Elizabeth, et al. (2016) Diccionario tepehuano de Santa María Ocotán, Durango (Serie de vocabularios y diccionarios indígenas “Mariano Silva y Aceves”; 48)‎[1], electronic edition, Instituto Lingüístico de Verano, A.C., page 32