pai-hua

[ bahyhwah ]
/ ˈbaɪhwɑ /

noun

a colloquial form of written Chinese based on the spoken language, in use especially since 1917.

Nearby words

  1. pahlevi,
  2. paho,
  3. pahoehoe,
  4. pahouin,
  5. pahsien,
  6. pai-loo,
  7. paid,
  8. paid-in,
  9. paid-in surplus,
  10. paid-up

Compare wen-yen.

Origin of pai-hua

< Chinese báihuà, equivalent to bái plain, pure, white + huà word, talk

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