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Pearl in the Palm

China zhǎng shàng míng zhū
Pearl in the Palm Vertical Wall Scroll

This Chinese proverb literally means, "a pearl in the palm."

Figuratively, this is used to describe, or as a title for, a beloved person. This can especially apply to a daughter.

Iron Palm

China tiě zhǎng
Japan tetsu-tenohira
Iron Palm Vertical Wall Scroll

These two characters mean "iron palm," the martial arts technique taught by Brian Gray and others.

This term can mean different things to different people. The consensus is that rather than a type or style of martial arts, this is a technique for refining hand position and strengthening of hands to strike blows for with maximum force and effect.

The regime may include herbal treatments and special exercises to fortify the hands.

In more extreme versions, the carpals and metacarpal bones in the hand are systematically broken, so that when they heal, they will become stronger.

Japanese note: This does make sense in Japanese (though the version shown above is the ancient form of the first Kanji) this is far from a commonly-known term.

Ba Gua Zhang

Martial arts term
China bā guà zhǎng
Japan hakkeshou
Ba Gua Zhang Vertical Wall Scroll

八卦掌 is the title Baguazhang, a form of Chinese boxing.

Literally-translated, this means, "Eight Trigrams Palm.

You will see this romanized as, "Ba Gua Zhang," or "Pa Kua Chang" (same characters, just different romanization used in mainland China versus Taiwan).

八卦掌 is also known in Japan as hakkeshou or hakkesho.

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition


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Japanese adan / アダン
Ba Gua Zhang Vertical Wall Scroll
Japanese (kana only) screw pine (Pandanus fascicularis); pandanus palm; pandanus fruit


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Mandarin bā guà zhǎng / ba1 gua4 zhang3
Taiwan pa kua chang
Japanese hakkeshou / hakkesho / はっけしょう
Ba Gua Zhang Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese baguazhang (a form of Chinese boxing)
Japanese {MA} eight trigrams palm; ba gua zhang; pa kua chang



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Mandarin pú tí shù / pu2 ti2 shu4
Taiwan p`u t`i shu / pu ti shu
Japanese bodaiju / ぼだいじゅ
Chinese pipal tree (Ficus religiosa); bo fig tree; Bodhi tree (sacred to Buddhism and Hinduism)
Japanese (1) lime tree; linden (Tilia); (2) bo tree; peepul (Ficus religiosa); (given name) Bodaiju
bodhidruma, bodhitaru, bodhivṛkṣa; the wisdom-tree, i.e. that under which Śākyamuni attained his enlightenment, and became Buddha. The Ficus religiosa is the pippala, or aśvattha, wrongly identified by Faxian as the palm-tree; it is described as an evergreen, to have been 400 feet high, been cut down several times, but in the Tang dynasty still to be 40 or 50 feet high. A branch of it is said to have been sent by Aśoka to Ceylon, from which sprang the celebrated Bo-tree still flourishing there; bodhi-tree


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Mandarin zhǎng shàng míng zhū / zhang3 shang4 ming2 zhu1
Taiwan chang shang ming chu
Ba Gua Zhang Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese lit. a pearl in the palm (idiom); fig. beloved person (esp. daughter)

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Mandarin/ ba1
Taiwan pa
Japanese tomoe / ともえ
Chinese to long for; to wish; to cling to; to stick to; something that sticks; close to; next to; spread open; informal abbr. for bus 巴士[ba1 shi4]; bar (unit of pressure); nominalizing suffix on certain nouns, such as 尾巴[wei3 ba5], tail; Ba state during Zhou dynasty (in east of modern Sichuan); abbr. for east Sichuan or Chongqing; surname Ba; abbr. for Palestine or Palestinian; abbr. for Pakistan
Japanese huge comma design; (personal name) He; (surname) Ba; (surname) Hamon; (personal name) Ha; (female given name) Tomomi; (surname, female given name) Tomoe
The open hand, palm; to lay hold of; to flatter.

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Mandarin tuō / tuo1
Taiwan t`o / to
Japanese taku
Chinese prop; support (for weight); rest (e.g. arm rest); thanks to; to hold in one's hand; to support in one's palm; to give; to base; to commit; to set; Torr (unit of pressure)
To carry on the palm, entrust to; to entrust

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Mandarin tà // tuò / ta4 // tuo4
Taiwan t`a // t`o / ta // to
Japanese hiromu / ひろむ    hiroshi / ひろし    hiro / ひろ    hiraku / ひらく    hiraki / ひらき    tsubuse / つぶせ    takuji / たくじ    taku / たく
Chinese to expand; to push something with the hand; to develop; to open up; to make a rubbing (e.g. of an inscription); surname Tuo
Japanese (female given name) Hiromu; (personal name) Hiroshi; (personal name) Hiro; (female given name) Hiraku; (personal name) Hiraki; (place-name) Tsubuse; (personal name) Takuji; (surname, given name) Taku
Carry (on the palm), entrust to, pretext, extend; squeeze

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Mandarin zhǎng / zhang3
Taiwan chang
Japanese tenohira / てのひら    tanagokoro / たなごころ
Chinese palm of the hand; sole of the foot; paw; horseshoe; to slap; to hold in one's hand; to wield
Japanese palm (of one's hand); (personal name) Shougo; (personal name) Katsuyuki; (personal name) Katsumoto; (personal name) Katsumi; (personal name) Katsumata; (personal name) Katsubara; (personal name) Katsuhara
A palm, a paw; to grasp, control, administer.

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Mandarin xuān / xuan1
Taiwan hsüan
Chinese to roll up one's sleeves; to slap with the palm

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Mandarin láng / lang2
Taiwan lang
Chinese (palm)

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Mandarin bèi / bei4
Taiwan pei
Japanese bai
pattra; 梖多葉 the palm-leaves used for writing; the梖多樹 is erroneously said to be the borassus flabelliformis, described as 60 or 70 feet high, not deciduous, the bark used for writing.

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Mandarin zōng / zong1
Taiwan tsung
Chinese palm; palm fiber; coir (coconut fiber); brown

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Mandarin/ ye1
Taiwan yeh
Chinese coconut palm; Taiwan pr. [ye2]

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Mandarin bīng / bing1
Taiwan ping
Japanese hin
Chinese betel palm (Areca catechu); betel nut; Taiwan pr. [bin1]
The areca or betel-nut, i.e. 檳榔 pūga, the areca catechu, or betel-nut tree.

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Mandarin/ lu:2
Chinese palm tree


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Japanese hira / ヒラ Japanese (1) something broad and flat; palm of the hand; (2) common; ordinary; (3) (abbreviation) low-ranking employee; freshman; novice; private


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Japanese yashi / ヤシ Japanese (kana only) palm tree; (place-name) Iasi (Roumania)



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Mandarin yī yè / yi1 ye4
Taiwan i yeh
Japanese ichiyou;hitoha / ichiyo;hitoha / いちよう;ひとは
Japanese (1) one leaf; (2) (いちよう only) one page; one sheet; one card; one photo; (3) (archaism) one boat; (female given name) Hitoha; (female given name) Kazuyo; (female given name) Kazuha; (female given name) Kazue; (female given name) Iha; (female given name) Itsuha; (female given name) Ichiyou; (female given name) Ichiyo; (surname, female given name) Ichiha; (female given name) Ageha
A leaf; a palm-leaf or page of a sūtra.


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Mandarin jiǎ mào / jia3 mao4
Taiwan chia mao
Chinese to impersonate; to pose as (someone else); to counterfeit; to palm off (a fake as a genuine)


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Mandarin fǎn zhǎng / fan3 zhang3
Taiwan fan chang
Chinese lit. to turn over one's palm; fig. everything is going very well.


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Japanese hataku / はたく Japanese (transitive verb) (1) (kana only) to dust; to remove dust; (2) (kana only) to slap; to hit (with the palm); (3) (kana only) to use up money



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Mandarin duō luō / duo1 luo1
Taiwan to lo
Japanese tara / たら
Japanese (1) (abbreviation) (See 多羅樹) palmyra; (2) (abbreviation) (See 多羅葉) lusterleaf holly; (3) patra (silver incense dish placed in front of a Buddhist statue); (surname, female given name) Tara
tārā, in the sense of starry, or scintillation; Tāla, for the fan-palm; Tara, from 'to pass over', a ferry, etc. Tārā, starry, piercing, the eye, the pupil; the last two are both Sanskrit and Chinese definitions; it is a term applied to certain female deities and has been adopted especially by Tibetan Buddhism for certain devīs of the Tantric school. The origin of the term is also ascribed to tar meaning 'to cross', i. e. she who aids to cross the sea of mortality. Getty, 19-27. The Chinese derivation is the eye; the tara devīs; either as śakti or independent, are little known outside Lamaism. Tāla is the palmyra, or fan-palm, whose leaves are used for writing and known as 具多 Pei-to, pattra. The tree is described as 70 or 80 feet high, with fruit like yellow rice-seeds; the borassus eabelliformis; a measure of 70 feet. Taras, from to cross over, also means a ferry, and a bank, or the other shore. Also 呾囉; a palm [leaf ; tree]


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Mandarin bā zhǎng / ba1 zhang3
Taiwan pa chang
Chinese palm of the hand; classifier: slap


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Mandarin píng shǒu / ping2 shou3
Taiwan p`ing shou / ping shou
Japanese hirate / ひらて
Chinese (sports) draw; tie
Japanese (1) palm; open hand; (2) {shogi} playing on equal terms; lack of handicap; (surname) Hirade; (surname) Hirate


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Mandarin shǒu xīn / shou3 xin1
Taiwan shou hsin
Japanese tegokoro / てごころ
Chinese palm (of one's hand); control (extended meaning from having something in the palm of one's hand)
Japanese discretion; consideration; allowance


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Mandarin shǒu zhǎng / shou3 zhang3
Taiwan shou chang
Japanese shushou / shusho / しゅしょう
Chinese palm
Japanese (adj-na,n,adj-no) palmar; palm
palm of the hand; palm of the hand


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Japanese tease / てあせ Japanese palm sweat


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Mandarin shǒu xiàng / shou3 xiang4
Taiwan shou hsiang
Japanese tesou / teso / てそう
Chinese palmistry; features of a palm (in palmistry)
Japanese (noun/participle) palm reading


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Japanese tesuji / てすじ Japanese lines of the palm; aptitude; handwriting; apt move (in a go or shogi game); standard method



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Mandarin shǒu lún / shou3 lun2
Taiwan shou lun
Japanese shurin
The lines on the palm and fingers— especially the 'thousand' lines on a Buddha's hand; whorls

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Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Pearl in the Palm掌上明珠zhǎng shàng míng zhū
zhang3 shang4 ming2 zhu1
zhang shang ming zhu
chang shang ming chu
Iron Palm鐵掌
tetsu-tenohiratiě zhǎng
tie3 zhang3
tie zhang
t`ieh chang
tieh chang
Ba Gua Zhang八卦掌hakkeshou / hakeshobā guà zhǎng
ba1 gua4 zhang3
ba gua zhang
pa kua chang
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