1The twenty-second letter of the Greek alphabet (Χ, χ), transliterated as ‘kh’ or ‘ch’.
- This use of h was first established in Latin, which used ch, ph, and th for the Greek letters chi, phi, and theta.
- It is possible that the substitution of ‘ck’ with ‘x’ is a linguistic nod to the Greek letter chi.
- An X-like character in the Greek alphabet is called chi (pronounced kee).
1.1 (Chi) [followed by Latin genitive] Astronomy The twenty-second star in a constellation: Chi Ophiuchi
Words that rhyme with chially, Altai, apply, assai, awry, ay, aye, Baha'i, belie, bi, Bligh, buy, by, bye, bye-bye, Chiangmai, Ciskei, comply, cry, Cy, Dai, defy, deny, Di, die, do-or-die, dry, Dubai, dye, espy, eye, fie, fly, forbye, fry, Frye, goodbye (US goodby), guy, hereby, hi, hie, high, I, imply, I-spy, July, kai, lie, lye, Mackay, misapply, my, nearby, nigh, Nye, outfly, passer-by, phi, pi, pie, ply, pry, psi, Qinghai, rai, rely, rocaille, rye, scry, serai, shanghai, shy, sigh, sky, Skye, sky-high, sly, spin-dry, spry, spy, sty, Sukhotai, supply, Tai, Thai, thereby, thigh, thy, tie, Transkei, try, tumble-dry, underlie, Versailles, Vi, vie, whereby, why, wry, Wye, xi, Xingtai, Yantai
(also qi or ki)
The circulating life force whose existence and properties are the basis of much Chinese philosophy and medicine.
- When we are cold our system contracts - blood and chi do not circulate and we become very quickly fatigued.
- Different traditions call this energy by different names, such as chi, prana and life force.
- The beauty benefits are a side effect, as the real benefit lies in the development of chi (life force), which, when flowing strongly, brings health to the vital organs and is even thought to induce a state of enlightenment.
From Chinese qì, literally 'air, breath'.
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