pongyi

noun
pon·​gyi
variants: or less commonly phongyi or poonghie \ (ˈ)pōn¦jē , (ˈ)pün-​ \
plural -s

Definition of pongyi

: a Buddhist priest of Burma

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History and Etymology for pongyi

Burmese phungyī, from phun glory + gyī great

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“Pongyi.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pongyi. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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