noun \ˈwənˈyen\

Definition of wen–yen



  1. :  written Chinese of or conforming to the complex style used in classical literature :  classical Chinese — compare pai-hua

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Origin and Etymology of wen–yen

Chinese (Pekingese) wên2-yen2, from wên2 literature + yen2 language

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feeling or affected by lethargy

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