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Rat / Mouse

Year of the Rat / Zodiac Sign
China shǔ
Japan nezumi
Rat / Mouse Vertical Wall Scroll

鼠 is the character for rat (and sometimes mouse) in Chinese, old Korean, and Japanese.

If you were born in the year of the Rat, you . . .

Are sensitive and smart.
Easily to adapt to the new environments.
Have a curious nature.
Are good at using the opportunities that are presented to you.

In some contexts, this character could mean "mouse."

See also our Chinese Zodiac page.

Opossum / Possum

China fù shǔ
Opossum / Possum Vertical Wall Scroll

負鼠 is the name for Opossum (aphesis spelling: Possum) in Chinese.

The first character means "carries" and refers to the marsupial pouch. The second character means "rat." You could say the literal translation is "marsupial rat."

Chinese opossums vary from the North American variety. Using the two characters shown here may suggest the species native to China.

North American Opossum / Possum

China běi měi fù shǔ
North American Opossum / Possum Vertical Wall Scroll

北美負鼠 is the full title for North American Opossum (aphesis spelling: Possum). The first two characters mean "North American" as an adjective. The third character means "carries" and refers to the marsupial pouch. The last character means "rat." You could say the literal translation is "marsupial rat."

Chinese opossums vary from the North American variety. If you were to use the last two characters alone, it may suggest the species native to China.

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition

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Mandarin shǔ / shu3
Taiwan shu
Japanese nezumi(p);nezumi;nezu / ねずみ(P);ネズミ;ねず
North American Opossum / Possum Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese rat; mouse; CL:隻|只[zhi1]
Japanese (1) (kana only) mouse; rat; (2) (See 鼠色) dark gray; dark grey; slate (color, colour)
muṣa; ākhu; a mouse, rat.

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Mandarin zi // zǐ / zi5 // zi3
Taiwan tzu
Japanese ne / ね    shi / し    kou / ko / こう
Chinese (noun suffix); son; child; seed; egg; small thing; 1st earthly branch: 11 p.m.-1 a.m., midnight, 11th solar month (7th December to 5th January), year of the Rat; Viscount, fourth of five orders of nobility 五等爵位[wu3 deng3 jue2 wei4]; ancient Chinese compass point: 0° (north)
Japanese first sign of Chinese zodiac (The Rat, 11pm-1am, north, November); (1) child (esp. a boy); (2) (See 子爵) viscount; (3) (honorific or respectful language) master (founder of a school of thought, esp. Confucius); (4) (See 諸子百家) philosophy (branch of Chinese literature); non-Confucian Hundred Schools of Thought writings; (5) (archaism) you (of one's equals); (suffix noun) (6) -er (i.e. a man who spends all his time doing...); (1) (obscure) child; (n,n-suf) (2) (obscure) interest; (personal name) Nene; (place-name) Ne; (given name) Shigeru; (female given name) Konoe; (surname) Ko
kumāra; son; seed; sir; 11-1 midnight; child

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Mandarin lài / lai4
Taiwan lai
Japanese rai
Chinese to depend on; to hang on in a place; bad; to renege (on promise); to disclaim; to rat (on debts); rascally; to blame; to put the blame on; surname Lai
To rely upon, depend on; throw the burden on, repudiate.

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Mandarin dōng / dong1
Taiwan tung
Chinese (onom.) beating a drum; rat-a-tat; surname Dong
Japanese See:

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Mandarin shí / shi2
Taiwan shih
Chinese a kind of rat



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Mandarin nèi guǐ / nei4 gui3
Taiwan nei kuei
Chinese mole; spy; rat; traitor


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Japanese hatsune / はつね    uigo;hatsugo / ういご;はつご Japanese (1) first Day of the Rat of the New Year; (2) first Day of the Rat of the month (esp. of the 11th month); first child; (female given name) Hatsune; (female given name) Hatsuko; (female given name) Someko; (female given name) Uiko


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Japanese togenezumi / とげねずみ Japanese (kana only) Ryukyu spiny rat (Tokudaia osimensis)



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Mandarin niè chǐ / nie4 chi3
Taiwan nieh ch`ih / nieh chih
Chinese a rodent (rat, rabbit etc)


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Japanese jimuguri / じむぐり Japanese (kana only) Japanese forest rat snake (Euprepiophis conspicillatus, Elaphe conspicillata); burrowing rat snake


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Mandarin dà shǔ / da4 shu3
Taiwan ta shu
Chinese rat


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Japanese nedoshi;nezumidoshi / ねどし;ねずみどし Japanese year of the rat


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Japanese neimi / nemi / ねいみ Japanese (obscure) collecting herbs and pulling out young pine trees by the roots (annual event held on the first Day of the Rat of the New Year)


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Mandarin zǐ shǔ / zi3 shu3
Taiwan tzu shu
Chinese Year 1, year of the Rat (e.g. 2008)


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Japanese tadamono / ただもの    itazuramono / いたずらもの Japanese ordinary person (usu. in neg. sentences); (1) mischief-maker; trickster; prankster; (2) (archaism) lascivious person (esp. a loose woman); (3) (archaism) useless fellow; (4) (archaism) mouse; rat


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Mandarin yuè shǔ / yue4 shu3
Taiwan yüeh shu
Japanese tsuki no nezumi
The moon rat, one of the two rats, black and white, that gnaw the cord of life, i. e. night and day.


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Japanese togenezumi / とげねずみ Japanese (kana only) Ryukyu spiny rat (Tokudaia osimensis)


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Japanese dobunezumi / どぶねずみ Japanese (1) (kana only) brown rat (Rattus norvegicus); common rat; Norway rat; (2) dark grey (colour, color); dark gray; (3) secret evil-doer


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Japanese kumanezumi;kumanezumi / くまねずみ;クマネズミ Japanese (kana only) black rat (Rattus rattus); roof rat


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Japanese tamabahaki / たまばはき    tamahahaki / たまははき Japanese (1) broom (esp. one for sweeping a silkworm-raising room on the first Day of the Rat of the New Year); (2) plant used for constructing brooms (e.g. kochia); (3) liquor; alcohol; sake


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Japanese tamabahaki / たまばはき    tamahahaki / たまははき Japanese (1) broom (esp. one for sweeping a silkworm-raising room on the first Day of the Rat of the New Year); (2) plant used for constructing brooms (e.g. kochia); (3) liquor; alcohol; sake


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Mandarin tián shǔ / tian2 shu3
Taiwan t`ien shu / tien shu
Japanese denso / でんそ    tanezumi / たねずみ
Chinese vole
Japanese (See モグラ) mole; (1) (See 熊鼠・くまねずみ) black rat; roof rat; (2) (See 野鼠・のねずみ) field mouse


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Japanese shirohebi;hakuja / しろへび;はくじゃ Japanese (See 青大将) albino Japanese rat snake


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Japanese shironezumi / しろねずみ Japanese white rat or mouse


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Japanese kyuuso / kyuso / きゅうそ Japanese cornered rat; cornered mouse


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Japanese komenezumi;komenezumi / こめねずみ;コメネズミ Japanese (kana only) rice rat (Oryzomyini spp.)


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Mandarin lǎo shǔ / lao3 shu3
Taiwan lao shu
Chinese rat; mouse; CL:隻|只[zhi1]


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Mandarin hào zi / hao4 zi5
Taiwan hao tzu
Chinese (dialect) mouse; rat


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Japanese aokuchinawa;aonjou / aokuchinawa;aonjo / あおくちなわ;あおんじょう Japanese (obscure) (See 青大将) snake (esp. Japanese rat snake)


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Japanese oninezumi;oninezumi / おにねずみ;オニネズミ Japanese (kana only) greater bandicoot rat (Bandicota indica)

Search for Rat 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
nezumishǔ / shu3 / shu
fù shǔ / fu4 shu3 / fu shu / fushu
North American Opossum
běi měi fù shǔ
bei3 mei3 fu4 shu3
bei mei fu shu
pei mei fu shu
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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