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taikonaut

noun; blending
A person who travels in space (esp. Chinese) The term was coined as the Chinese counterpart of astronaut (the American version) and cosmonaut (the Russian version). Since China is the third country to send people into space, it makes sense for them to make their own word. The 'g' from the original Chinese word 'taikong' is omitted to allow smooth blending with the Greek root 'naut'.
 
Fly a single taikonaut aboard a space shuttle.
Etymology : from Chinese [taikong] 'space', from Greek/Latin [naut] 'seafaring'
Source : The Space Review
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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