\ ˈchī \
variants: or chaya \ ˈchī(y)ə \ or less commonly choy \ ˈchȯi \ or choya \ ˈchȯi(y)ə \
plural -s

Definition of chay

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the root of an East Indian herb (Oldenlandia umbellata) that yields a red dye
\ ˈshā \
plural -s

Definition of chay (Entry 2 of 2)

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History and Etymology for chay

Noun (1)

Tamil-Malayalam cāya-vēr, perhaps from Sanskrit chāyā color, shadow

Noun (2)

back-formation from chaise, taken as plural

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“Chay.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chay. Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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