Are there any English words that are pronounced with a hard "keh" sound as their first syllable, and begin with the two letters 'ci' in their spelling?

I ask purely out of curiosity, since I was unable to find any examples.

  • Chiral is as close as i can think of.
    – whybird
    Jun 22, 2015 at 7:02
  • The closest I can think of is the name Ciaran as an Anglicisation of the name Ciarán but it's a proper noun, and it's more common to either leave it in the original Ciarán or to Anglicise further to Kiaran.
    – Jon Hanna
    Jun 22, 2015 at 10:45
  • Some people used to say kinema, back in the early days of film. But they spelled it with a -k-.
    – TimR
    Jun 22, 2015 at 12:15
  • Famous actor Cillian Murphy starts with k Sep 13 at 12:46

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None that the OED records through its paper supplements.

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