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VietnameseEdit

Alternative formsEdit

  • (North Central Vietnam) cân
  • (North Central Vietnam) cơn

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Vietic *gəl ~ *kəl, from Proto-Mon-Khmer *(d)kər (tree; plant) (according to Shorto); cognate with Central Vietnamese cân, Muong câl, cấl. Related to cấy.

Various words with similar shape that have the meaning of "to fell trees" occurs, including Semai kol, Temiar kel, Proto-Bahnaric *kal (whence Koho köl) and Proto-Katuic *kəl (whence Pacoh câl); all could be contributed to *kuəl ~ *kəl (to cut down, fell), which might related to the root above.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

(classifier cái) cây (𣘃)

  1. tree
  2. plant
  3. (colloquial) Short for cây số (kilometre/kimometer).
    Nhà tui cách Sài Gòn cỡ năm chục cây.
    My house is about fifty kilometres from Sài Gòn.

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ClassifierEdit

cây (𣘃)

  1. Indicates plants
  2. Indicates stick/rod-like objects
  3. (music) Indicates string instruments and some other types of musical instruments