plural mui-tsai
: a young slave girl in South China
: a system of girl slavery in South China

Word History


Chinese (Cantonese) mooî-tsaí, from mooî younger sister + tsaí little; akin to Chinese (Pekingese) mei4-tsai3 little younger sister, from mei4 younger sister + tsai3 child

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“Mui-tsai.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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