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tai 1

Pronunciation: /tī/

noun (plural same)

A deep red-brown Pacific sea bream, eaten as a delicacy in Japan.
  • Pagrus major, family Sparidae.
Example sentences
  • The dorsal lobe of the sturgeon tai does not lead during the tail beat, and the tail is extremely flexible.
  • The sea bream, or tai, is a favored dish for celebratory occasions in Japan and a commonly invoked emblem of good fortune.
  • The sea bream, or tai in Japanese, carries auspicious connotations because of the phonetic association of its name with the Japanese word for congratulations (medetai).

Origin

Early 17th century: from Japanese.

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Syllabification: tai

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There are 2 main definitions of tai in English:

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Tai 2

Pronunciation: /tī/

adjective

Relating to or denoting a family of tonal Southeast Asian languages, including Thai and Lao, of uncertain affinity to other language groups, but sometimes linked with the Sino-Tibetan family.
Example sentences
  • Lao belongs to the Tai family of languages and is related to Thai, but Lao has its own alphabet and numbers.
  • This essay focuses on three groups of townspeople who speak languages that belong to the Tai language family.
  • It is widely used by speakers of other Tai languages and is a second language for most other people.

Words that rhyme with Tai

ally, Altai, apply, assai, awry, ay, aye, Baha'i, belie, bi, Bligh, buy, by, bye, bye-bye, chi, 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, Thai, thereby, thigh, thy, tie, Transkei, try, tumble-dry, underlie, Versailles, Vi, vie, whereby, why, wry, Wye, xi, Xingtai, Yantai

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Syllabification: Tai

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