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Chou in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Chou

  2. Zhao

  3. Chow / Zhou

  4. Zhang / Cheung

  5. Butterfly

  6. Super


China chǒu
Japan chuu
Chou Vertical Wall Scroll

丑 can refer to the astrological time of the ox, or a Chinese surname, Chou.

丑 represents the 2nd earthly branch. In daily time, 1:00-3:00 AM, or the 12th/last month in the Chinese calendar.

In an ancient year-naming scheme, this can represent the year of the Ox (one of twelve animals paired with one of five element characters yielding a 60-year cycle).


China zhào
Japan chou
Zhao Vertical Wall Scroll

In Chinese, this is Zhao, one of the seven states during the Warring States Period (476-220 B.C.). 趙 is a different period than the Former Zhao 前趙 (304-329 A.D.) and Later Zhao 後趙 (319-350 A.D.) of the Sixteen Kingdoms.

趙 is also a surname in Chinese.

In Japanese, this can be the surname Hiyon or Chou (there are a few other possible pronunciations and names in Japanese).

Chow / Zhou

China zhōu
Japan shuu
Chow / Zhou Vertical Wall Scroll

周 originally represents the Zhou Dynasty (1046-256 BC) of ancient China.

It has become a surname in China that romanizes as Zhou from Mandarin, Chou in Taiwan, and often written as Chow from Cantonese.

The actual meaning is circle, circumference, lap, cycle, all, thorough, or perimeter. It is used in Japanese Kanji and old Korean Hanja with that meaning - though it can also be used as a name in those languages as well.

Zhang / Cheung

China zhāng
Japan chou
Zhang / Cheung Vertical Wall Scroll

張 is a Chinese surname that romanizes as Zhang, but in Taiwan or old romanization can be Cheung.

This can also be the Japanese surnames Harisaki, Hari, Hara, Tsuan, Chou, Cho, Chiyan, Chiyau, Chan, Chian, Sun, Jin, Jiyon, Jiyan, Zan, San, or Kin.

The meaning of this character can be: to open up; to spread; sheet of paper; classifier for flat objects; sheet; classifier for votes.


China dié
Japan chou
Butterfly Vertical Wall Scroll

蝶 is the simplest way to write "butterfly" in Chinese, Japanese and Korean.

If you are looking at the Chinese pronunciation and Romanization, please note this is not pronounced like the English "die."
It actually sounds like "dee-ah." (Chinese Romanization does not exactly follow English or Latin pronunciation of Roman letters).


China chāo
Japan chou
Super Vertical Wall Scroll

超 is "super" in Chinese and Japanese Kanji.

It can also mean: to exceed; to overtake; to surpass; to transcend; to pass; to cross; to jump over. It can also be a suffix like ultra- hyper- super-

From Sanskrit, this can be the Buddhist "vikrama," meaning to leap over; surpass; exempt from; to save.

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition

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Mandarin chǒu / chou3
Taiwan ch`ou / chou
Japanese ushi / うし
Super Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese clown; 2nd earthly branch: 1-3 a.m., 12th solar month (6th January to 3rd February), year of the Ox; ancient Chinese compass point: 30°; surname Chou
Japanese second sign of the Chinese zodiac (The Ox, 1am-3am, north-northeast, December); (personal name) Chuu; (personal name) Ushi

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Mandarin zhōu / zhou1
Taiwan chou
Japanese shuu / shu / しゅう
Super Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese to make a circuit; to circle; circle; circumference; lap; cycle; complete; all; all over; thorough; to help financially; surname Zhou; Zhou Dynasty (1046-256 BC)
Japanese (1) Zhou (dynasty of China); Chou; (2) {math} perimeter; (n-suf,ctr) (3) counter for laps or circuits; (female given name) Meguru; (female given name) Meguri; (given name) Makoto; (personal name) Hiroshi; (personal name) Tsukashi; (given name) Chikashi; (female given name) Chika; (surname) Suzaki; (surname) Susaki; (personal name) Juu; (surname) Shiyu; (given name) Shuutei; (personal name) Shuuji; (personal name) Shuukichi; (given name) Shuuki; (surname, given name) Shuu; (surname) Shu; (surname) Kane; (personal name) Osamu; (given name) Itaru; (surname, female given name) Amane
Around, on every side, complete; to go around

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Mandarin zhòu / zhou4
Taiwan chou
Japanese chuu / chu / ちゅう
Super Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese eternity; (geology) eon
Japanese (1) space; air; midair; (2) (See 空・そら・5) (from) memory; (by) heart; (male given name) Hiroshi; (female given name) Hiroko; (female given name) Hiro; (female given name) Haruka; (female given name) Chuu; (given name) Takashi; (female given name) Sora; (female given name) Sukai



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Mandarin yà zhōu / ya4 zhou1
Taiwan ya chou
Super Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese Asia; abbr. for 亞細亞洲|亚细亚洲[Ya4 xi4 ya4 Zhou1]


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Mandarin yǔ zhòu / yu3 zhou4
Japanese uchuu / uchu / うちゅう
Super Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese universe; cosmos
Japanese universe; cosmos; space; (given name) Hiroshi; (female given name) Hiroi; (female given name) Haruka; (personal name) Takahiro; (personal name) Takatoki; (surname, female given name) Sora; (female given name) Kozumi; (female given name) Kosumosu; (female given name) Kosumo; (female given name) Kosumikku; (female given name) Kanata; (female given name) Umi; (female given name) Utena; (surname, given name) Uchuu


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Mandarin zhòu sī / zhou4 si1
Taiwan chou ssu
Super Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese Zeus



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Mandarinchóu / fu4 chou2
Taiwan fu ch`ou / fu chou
Japanese fukkyuu;fukukyuu / fukkyu;fukukyu / ふっきゅう;ふくきゅう
Super Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese to avenge; vengeance
Japanese (noun/participle) reprisal; revenge


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Mandarin fāng zhōu / fang1 zhou1
Taiwan fang chou
Japanese houshuu / hoshu / ほうしゅう
Super Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese ark
Japanese ark (i.e. Noah's); (given name) Houshuu



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Mandarin ōu zhōu / ou1 zhou1
Taiwan ou chou
Super Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese Europe; abbr. for 歐羅巴洲|欧罗巴洲[Ou1 luo2 ba1 Zhou1]
Japanese See: 欧洲



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Mandarin mǎn zhōu / man3 zhou1
Taiwan man chou
Super Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese Manchuria


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Mandarin shén zhōu / shen2 zhou1
Taiwan shen chou
Super Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese Shenzhou (spacecraft); Hasee (computer manufacturer)



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Mandarin lǜ zhōu / lu:4 zhou1
Super Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese oasis


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Mandarin fēi zhōu / fei1 zhou1
Taiwan fei chou
Super Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese Africa; abbr. for 阿非利加洲[A1 fei1 li4 jia1 Zhou1]


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Mandarin dà yáng zhōu / da4 yang2 zhou1
Taiwan ta yang chou
Super Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese Oceania

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Mandarin chóu / chou2
Taiwan ch`ou / chou
Chinese variant of 仇[chou2]

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Mandarin zhòu / zhou4
Taiwan chou
Chinese (old) beautiful; clever

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Mandarin chǒu / chou3
Taiwan ch`ou / chou
Chinese variant of 醜|丑[chou3]

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Mandarin chóu // qiú / chou2 // qiu2
Taiwan ch`ou // ch`iu / chou // chiu
Japanese kiyuu / kiyu / きゆう
Chinese spouse; companion; hatred; animosity; enmity; foe; enemy; to feel animosity toward (the wealthy, foreigners etc); surname Qiu
Japanese (n-suf,n) (1) rival; opponent; adversary; competitor; enemy (esp. one with which there is longstanding enmity); foe; (2) revenge; (3) (archaism) spouse; (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) (1) foe; enemy; rival; (2) resentment; enmity; grudge; (3) harm; injury; (surname) Kiyuu

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Mandarin zhōu / zhou1
Taiwan chou
Chinese to conceal; to cover

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Mandarin chǒu / chou3
Taiwan ch`ou / chou
Chinese to stare at

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Mandarin chóu / chou2
Taiwan ch`ou / chou
Japanese hitoshi / ひとし
Chinese comrades; friends; companions
Japanese (male given name) Hitoshi
a companion

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Mandarin zhòu / zhou4
Taiwan chou
Japanese kabuto / かぶと
Chinese variant of 胄[zhou4]
Japanese helmet (of armor, armour); headpiece

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Mandarin chǒu / chou3
Taiwan ch`ou / chou
Chinese (onom.)

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Mandarin zhòu / zhou4
Taiwan chou
Japanese ju / じゅ    kashiri / かしり
Chinese variant of 咒[zhou4]
Japanese (1) spell; curse; (2) (Buddhist term) dharani; mantra; (archaism) spell; curse
(Skt. mantra)

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Mandarin zhòu / zhou4
Taiwan chou
Japanese ju / じゅ
Chinese incantation; magic spell; curse; malediction; to revile; to put a curse on sb
Japanese (1) spell; curse; (2) (Buddhist term) dharani; mantra
dhāraṇī 陀羅尼; mantra; an incantation, spell, oath, curse; also a vow with penalties for failure. Mystical, or magical, formulae employed in Yoga. In Lamaism they consist of sets of Tibetan words connected with Sanskrit syllables. In a wider sense dhāraṇī is a treatise with mystical meaning, or explaining it; a mystical invocation

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Mandarin zhòu / zhou4
Taiwan chou
Chinese beak of bird; peck at

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Mandarin zhōu / zhou1
Taiwan chou
Chinese twittering of birds

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Mandarin zhōu / zhou1
Taiwan chou
Chinese syllable

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Mandarin zhóu / zhou2
Taiwan chou
Chinese see 妯娌[zhou2 li5]

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Mandarin zhōu / zhou1
Taiwan chou
Chinese (feminine name)

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Lookup Chou in my Japanese & Chinese Dictionary

The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Chouchuu / chuchǒu / chou3 / chouch`ou / chou
chou / chozhào / zhao4 / zhaochao
shuu / shuzhōu / zhou1 / zhouchou

chou / chozhāng / zhang1 / zhangchang
Butterflychou / chodié / die2 / dietieh
Superchou / chochāo / chao1 / chaoch`ao / chao
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.

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