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the twenty-second letter of the Greek alphabet (X, χ).
the consonant sound represented by this letter.
one of two dynasties that ruled in China a.d. 479–502 and, as the Northern Ch’i, a.d. 550–77.
(in traditional Chinese medicine and philosophy) the vital life force that flows through the body and is supposedly regulated by acupuncture.
the 22nd letter of the Greek alphabet (Χ, χ), a consonant, transliterated as ch or rarely kh
(sometimes capital) (in Oriental medicine, martial arts, etc) vital energy believed to circulate round the body in currents

22nd letter of the Greek alphabet, representing a -kh- sound (see ch). The letter is shaped like an X, and so the Greek letter name was used figuratively to signify such a shape or arrangement (e.g. khiasma “two things placed crosswise;” khiastos “arranged diagonally; marked with an X;” khiazein “to mark with an ‘X’, to write the letter ‘X'”). Some dialects used chi to represent the -ks- sound properly belonging to xi; Latin picked this up and the sound value of chi in Latin-derived alphabets is now that of English X.

chi or khi (kī)

Symbol χ The 22nd letter of the Greek alphabet.


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