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Mercury in Chinese / Japanese...

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China shuǐ xīng
Japan sui shou
Mercury Vertical Wall Scroll

水星 is title for the planet Mercury in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

The literal meaning is "water star." This title has been used to refer to Mercury in much of Asia for the past 2200 years or longer.

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Mandarin shuǐ xīng / shui3 xing1
Taiwan shui hsing
Japanese Suishō / すいせい
Mercury Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese Mercury (planet)
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) Mercury (planet); (surname) Mizuboshi

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Mandarin gǒng / gong3
Taiwan kung
Chinese mercury (chemistry)


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Japanese ippaku / いっぱく Japanese (1) (See 九星) first of nine traditional astrological signs (corresponding to Mercury and north); (2) white patch on one foot of a horse; horse with such a patch; (3) surface (landscape) that is white all over; pure white; (given name) Kazushiro


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Mandarin qī yào / qi1 yao4
Taiwan ch`i yao / chi yao
Japanese shichiyō / しちよう
Chinese the seven planets of premodern astronomy (the Sun, the Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn)
Japanese (1) {astron} the seven luminaries (sun, moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn); (2) the seven days of the week
The seven brilliant ones — the sun and moon, together with the five planets which are connected with fire, water, wood, metal, and earth. Their essence shines in the sky, but their spirits are over men as judges of their good and evil, and as rulers over good and evil fortune. The following list shows their names in Chinese and Sanskrit: Sun 日, 太陽; aditya 阿彌底耶
Moon月, 太陰; soma 蘇摩
Mars火星, 勢惑勞; aṅgāraka 盎哦囉迦
Mercury水星, 辰星; budha 部陀
Jupiter木星, 歳星; bṛhaspati 勿哩訶娑跛底
Venus金星, 太白; śukra 戌羯羅
Saturn土星, 鎭星; śanaiścara 賖乃以室折羅; seven celestial bodies


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Mandarin jiǔ yào / jiu3 yao4
Taiwan chiu yao
Japanese ku yō / くよう
Japanese (surname) Kuyou
九執 q.v. Navagraha. The nine luminaries: 日 Āditya, the sun; 月 Sōma, the moon; the five planets, i.e. 火星 Aṅgāraka, Mars; 水 Budha, Mercury; 木 Bṛhaspati, Jupiter; 金 Sukra, Venus; and 土 Śanaiścara, Saturn; also 羅睺 Rāhu, the spirit that causes eclipses; and 計都 Ketu, a comet. Each is associated with a region of the sky and also with a bodhisattva, etc., e.g. the sun with Guanyin, Venus with Amitābha, etc.


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Mandarin wǔ xīng / wu3 xing1
Taiwan wu hsing
Japanese goshō / ごせい
Chinese the five visible planets, namely: Mercury 水星, Venus 金星, Mars 火星, Jupiter 木星, Saturn 土星
Japanese (personal name) Gosei
The five planets, Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, Venus, and Mercury; also 五執.



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Mandarin chà nǚ / cha4 nu:3
Taiwan ch`a nü / cha nü
Chinese beautiful girl; mercury


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Japanese yamaai;yamai(ok);yamaai / yamai;yamai(ok);yamai / やまあい;やまい(ok);ヤマアイ Japanese (kana only) Mercurialis leiocarpa (species of mercury whose leaves can be used to produce an indigo dye); (surname) Yamaai


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Mandarin shān diàn / shan1 dian4
Taiwan shan tien
Chinese mercury


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Japanese shoukou / shoko / しょうこう Japanese mercury chloride; corrosive sublimate


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Mandarin shuǐ yào / shui3 yao4
Taiwan shui yao
Japanese Suiyō / すいよう
Japanese (n-adv,n) Wednesday
The planet Mercury, one of the nine luminaries; it is shown south of the west door of the diamond court in the Garbhadhātu.



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Mandarin shuǐ yín / shui3 yin2
Taiwan shui yin
Japanese suigin / すいぎん
Chinese mercury; quicksilver
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) mercury (Hg)


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Mandarin hùn gǒng / hun4 gong3
Taiwan hun kung
Chinese mercury amalgam


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Mandarin gān gǒng / gan1 gong3
Taiwan kan kung
Japanese kankou / kanko / かんこう
Chinese calomel or mercurous chloride (Hg2Cl2)
Japanese calomel (mercury chloride)


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Mandarin chén xīng / chen2 xing1
Taiwan ch`en hsing / chen hsing
Chinese Mercury in traditional Chinese astronomy; see also 水星[shui3 xing1]


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Japanese raikou / raiko / らいこう Japanese mercury fulminate


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Japanese shichiyousei / shichiyose / しちようせい Japanese (1) {astron} (See 北斗七星) the Big Dipper (asterism); the Plough; the Plow; (2) {astron} (See 七曜・1) the seven luminaries (sun, moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn)


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Mandarin mò qiū lì / mo4 qiu1 li4
Taiwan mo ch`iu li / mo chiu li
Chinese Mercury (Roman god)


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Japanese unuborekagami / うぬぼれかがみ Japanese (irregular okurigana usage) small western mirror with mercury added to the glass (Edo period)



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Mandarin shuǐ yǔ bìng / shui3 yu3 bing4
Taiwan shui yü ping
Chinese Minamata disease (mercury poisoning found in Southern Japan in 1956)
Japanese See: 水俣病


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Japanese suiginzai / すいぎんざい Japanese mercurials (drugs containing mercury)


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Japanese suiginchuu / suiginchu / すいぎんちゅう Japanese column of mercury


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Japanese suigintou / suiginto / すいぎんとう Japanese mercury lamp



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Mandarin shuǐ yín dēng / shui3 yin2 deng1
Taiwan shui yin teng
Japanese suigintou / suiginto / すいぎんとう
Chinese mercury-vapor lamp
Japanese (female given name) Suigintou


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Japanese unuborekagami / うぬぼれかがみ Japanese (irregular okurigana usage) small western mirror with mercury added to the glass (Edo period)


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Mandarin bù yǐn tuó / bu4 yin3 tuo2
Taiwan pu yin t`o / pu yin to
Japanese Buinda
or 部引陁 The planet Mercury, i.e. Buddha.


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Japanese raikou / raiko / らいこう Japanese mercury fulminate


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Japanese shinabaa / shinaba / シナバー Japanese cinnabar; mercury sulphide (sulfide)


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Japanese yamaai / yamai / ヤマアイ Japanese (kana only) Mercurialis leiocarpa (species of mercury whose leaves can be used to produce an indigo dye)


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Japanese nanatsunohoshi / ななつのほし Japanese (1) {astron} (See 北斗七星) the Big Dipper (asterism); the Plough; the Plow; (2) {astron} (See 七曜・しちよう・1) Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn

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Lookup Mercury 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
Mercury水星sui shou / suishou / sui sho / suishoshuǐ xīng
shui3 xing1
shui xing
shui hsing

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