This database contains a collection of Mandarin terms which have cultural, historical or sentimental value unique to Singapore. These terms may be used by Singaporeans in the past or at present. Some of the terms are read in print while others are used in our everyday conversations.
Food / Plants
Areas with forests or hilly terrain. Also known in Mandarin as “山巴” or “山笆”.
The term “芭” has given rise to other terms used to describe methods of clearing land for cultivation, including “开芭” (clearing of foresty areas), “砍芭” (chopping down of foresty areas), “烧芭” (burning of foresty areas). It is also used to describe aspects of rural life, such as “山芭学校” (rural school), “山芭小孩” (rural children), “山芭榴莲” (wild grown durians), “山芭鸡” (free range chicken).
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