tê cí [Lahu]

In Lahu-speaking Southeast Asia, ? – 20ᵗʰ century, a unit of length, from one finger joint to another (which finger and which joint apparently not specified).

“Cí” is a classifier and carries the unit's meaning; “tê” simply means “one” or “a”, but is grammatically essential.

James A. Matisoff.
English-Lahu Lexicon.
UC Publications in Linguistics No. 139
Berkeley: University of California Press, 2006

Page 468.


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