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meuuanR ganM raaoM gapL gaeL
pronunciation guide
Phonemic Thaiเหฺมือน-กัน-ราว-กับ-แกะ
IPAmɯ̌ːan kan raːw kàp kɛ̀ʔ
Royal Thai General Systemmuean kan rao kap kae

 [adjective, verb, phrase, figurative, colloquial, idiom]
[two objects or persons] to look exactly identical—see notes.

notesMany Thais have misinterpreted this figurative idiom by literally translating it as: "as similar as two sheep," because when talking about แกะ , the meaning "sheep" comes first to most people's minds. Yet, if you click แกะ , you will see that it has several meanings. This old Thai adage was derived from the act of casting statues, mostly Buddha images. The sculptors used one mould to produce several Buddha images. Two images are, therefore, exactly identical in every detail. Hence, the comparison. The full form of this adage is: "เหมือนกันราวกับแกะออกมาจากแม่พิมพ์เดียวกัน" (to look exactly identical as if the two were cast using the same mould:-)
componentsเหมือนกันmeuuanR ganM[is] alike; identical; same as; same
ราวกับraaoM gapL[formal] like; as; same as; similar to
แกะ gaeLto carve in; to chisel out; to take out; to engrave; remove (a shell, bandage, e.g.)

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