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牛 is the character for bull, cow, ox, or bovine creature in Chinese, old Korean, and Japanese.
If you were born in the year of the ox / bull / cow, you . . .
Are dedicated to your work.
Are discrete, careful and conscientious.
Value work and family.
Note that in this Chinese character, there is no distinction between bull and cow. All bovine creatures fit into the definition of this character. To distinguish between male and female, another sex-designating character is added in front of this character. Therefore, in China, the energy drink "Red Bull" (Hong Niu) is often translated in the minds of Chinese people as "Red Cow" or even "Red Ox."
See also our Chinese Zodiac page.
Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your ox bull cow search...
If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese
|Simple Dictionary Definition|
| niú / niu2
gyuu / gyu ぎゅう
| ox; cow; bull; CL:條|条[tiao2],頭|头[tou2]; (slang) awesome; surname Niu
(1) cattle (Bos taurus); cow; ox; oxen; (2) beef; (3) (astron) Chinese "Ox" constellation (one of the 28 mansions); (1) cattle (Bos taurus); cow; ox; oxen; (2) beef; (surname) Niu; (surname) Giyuu; (given name) Gyuutetsu; (surname) Gyuu; (personal name) Ushimatsu; (personal name) Ushibori; (personal name) Ushihori; (surname) Ushi
go, gaus; ox, bull, bullock, etc. A term applied to the Buddha Gautama as in 牛王 king of bulls, possibly because of the derivation of his name; the phrase 騎牛來牛 (or 騎牛覔牛) to ride an ox, to seek an ox, means to use the Buddha to find the Buddha.
More info / calligraphy:
Ox / Bull / Cow
The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji(Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|牛||ushi||niú / niu2 / niu|
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Professional calligraphers are getting to be hard to find these days.
Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.
There is some fear that true Chinese calligraphy may become a lost art in the coming years. Many art institutes in China are now promoting calligraphy programs in hopes of keeping this unique form of art alive.
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The same calligrapher who gave me those lessons also attracted a crowd of thousands and a TV crew as he created characters over 6-feet high. He happens to be ranked as one of the top 100 calligraphers in all of China. He is also one of very few that would actually attempt such a feat.
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