a combining form representing sinus, in compound words: sinorespiratory. Unabridged


a combining form meaning “Chinese”: Sino-Tibetan; Sinology.

< Neo-Latin, combining form representing Late Latin Sīnae the Chinese < Late Greek SînaiChinese Qìn Ch'in Unabridged
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combining form
Chinese: Sino-Tibetan; Sinology
[from French, from Late Latin Sīnae the Chinese, from Late Greek Sinai, from Arabic Sīn China, probably from Chinese Ch'in]

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comb. form meaning "Chinese," 1879, from L.L. Sinæ (pl.) "the Chinese," from Ptolemaic Gk. Sinai, from Arabic Sin "China," probably from Chinese Ch'in, name of the fourth dynasty of China (see China).
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