etymology of po-luo-mi as pineapple

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etymology of po-luo-mi as pineapple

Postby Sherlock » Thu May 24, 2012 12:35 pm

Po-luo-mi is a straight loanword for "paramita" in Chinese I know, but does anyone know how it came to mean pineapple? Because it was imported from India and grown in monasteries or something like that?

In Singapore we usually don't use po-luo-mi, although we have imported the po-luo-bao from Hong Kong. It seems to be more widely used in mainland China, what about Taiwan?
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Re: etymology of po-luo-mi as pineapple

Postby Huifeng » Thu May 24, 2012 1:57 pm

In Taiwan, both 波羅 and 波羅蜜 is this - otherwise known as "jack fruit" in English:

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I wonder if the 波羅蜜 for pineapple is because it kind of looks like a 波羅, but is sweet like 蜜? Just guessing here...
Otherwise, in Taiwan, a pineapple is 鳳梨 or 菠蘿 (with the grass on top).
Or, sounding as it does in Taiwanese, 翁來! Used as a well wishing for wealth.

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Re: etymology of po-luo-mi as pineapple

Postby Sherlock » Thu May 24, 2012 2:19 pm

It's possible I misinterpreted it. I saw a street vendor shouting that she was selling bo-luo-mi while cutting a pineapple, I don't remember if she had jackfruits.
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