🌏 Region(s): Ryukyu (Okinawa: Shuri)
すい【首里】 : sui | define meaning
- Shuri: a district of Naha, Okinawa, and the former capital city of the Ryukyu Kingdom
Derived from depalatalization of the older pronunciation しゅい shui, itself a reduction of しゅり shuri. Historically attested under the spelling しより shiyori (cf. Omorosōshi, p.370). Later attested under the spelling "Shui-di" in Lewchew and the Lewchewans; being a narrative of a visit (1853), by George Smith.