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The Name Ray in Chinese / Japanese...

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China léi

雷 is the transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the name Ray


Japan rei

レイ is the name Ray written in Katakana (phonetic Japanese).

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Mandarin guāng / guang1
Taiwan kuang
Japanese rei / re れい
 ruka るか
 mitsuru みつる
 mitsumune みつむね
 mitsutsugu みつつぐ
 mitsuji みつじ
 mitsushi みつし
 mitsuzaki みつざき
 mitsu みつ
 hiroshi ひろし
 hikaru ひかる
 hikarizaki ひかりざき
 hikari ひかり
 teru てる
 tekari てかり
 sakae さかえ
 kousou / koso こうそう
 kouji / koji こうじ
 koushou / kosho こうしょう
 kouzaki / kozaki こうざき
 kousaki / kosaki こうさき
 koukun / kokun こうくん
 kouka / koka こうか
 kou / ko こう
 kirara きらら
 kaizechuu / kaizechu かいぜちゅう
 akira あきら
 aki あき
 akari あかり
Chinese light; ray; CL:道[dao4]; bright; only; merely; to use up
Japanese light; (female given name) Rei; (female given name) Ruka; (female given name) Mitsuru; (personal name) Mitsumune; (personal name) Mitsutsugu; (personal name) Mitsuji; (personal name) Mitsushi; (surname) Mitsuzaki; (female given name) Mitsu; (given name) Hiroshi; (surname, female given name) Hikaru; (surname) Hikarizaki; (p,s,f) Hikari; (given name) Teru; (female given name) Tekari; (female given name) Sakae; (personal name) Kousou; (personal name) Kouji
光明 prabha, light, brightness, splendour, to illuminate.
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Japanese rei / re レイ
Japanese (1) lei; (2) ray; (3) lay; (given name) Rei; Lai; Lay; Lei; Leigh; Ley; Rae; Raye; Reay; Rej; Wray; (place-name) Rey (Iran)
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Mandarin xiàn / xian4
Taiwan hsien
Japanese sen せん
Chinese thread; string; wire; line; CL:條|条[tiao2],股[gu3],根[gen1]
Japanese (n,n-suf) (1) line; stripe; stria; (2) line (e.g. telephone line); wire; (3) ray (e.g. X-ray); beam; (4) line (e.g. of a railroad); track; route; lane; (5) outline; contours; form; (6) level; (7) division; (8) line (of action); position; approach; policy; principle; (9) impression one leaves; air one gives off; (surname) Sen
A thread, wire, clue, spy, lead, connection.

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Mandarin hóng / hong2
Taiwan hung
Chinese ray (fish); Taiwan pr. [hong1]

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Mandarin/ fu3
Taiwan fu
Chinese the skate or ray

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Mandarin yáo / yao2
Taiwan yao
Chinese skate (cartilaginous fish belonging to the family Rajidae); ray (fish)

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Mandarin fèn / fen4
Taiwan fen
Chinese any ray (fish) variety of Myliobatiformes order

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Japanese ei / e エイ
Japanese (kana only) ray (fish); stingray; (given name) Ei

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Japanese takuya たくや
 ichijiyou / ichijiyo いちぢよう
 ichijou / ichijo いちじょう
Japanese (1) one long straight object (e.g. strand of hair, beam of light, wisp of smoke); (2) a single bloodline; (adjectival noun) (3) earnest; resolute; intent; devoted; (4) ordinary; common; (1) one long straight object; streak; beam; ray (of light); wisp (of smoke); (2) one item (in an itemized form); one clause; one passage (in a book); (3) one matter (affair, event, case, incident); (4) the same logic; the same reason; (surname) Takuya; (surname) Ichidziyou; (place-name, surname) Ichijou

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Japanese ichiru いちる
Japanese a thread; a ray or sliver (of hope)

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Mandarin yī dào / yi1 dao4
Taiwan i tao
Japanese kazumichi かずみち
 ichimichi いちみち
 ichidou / ichido いちどう
Chinese together
Japanese one road; ray (of hope); (given name) Kazumichi; (surname) Ichimichi; (male given name) Ichidou
One way, the one way; the way of deliverance from mortality, the Mahāyāna. Yidao, a learned monk of the Pure-land sect.

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Mandarin shè xiàn / she4 xian4
Taiwan she hsien
Chinese ray

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Mandarin liù ruì / liu4 rui4
Taiwan liu jui
Japanese roku sui
The six auspicious indications attributed to the Buddha as a preliminary to his delivery of the Lotus Sutra, see 法華經, 序品: (1) his opening address on the infinite; (2) his samādhi; (3) the rain of flowers; (4) the earthquake; (5) the delight of the beholders; (6) the Buddha-ray; six portents

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Japanese koujou / kojo こうじょう
Japanese striation; ray system

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Mandarin guāng xiàn / guang1 xian4
Taiwan kuang hsien
Japanese kousen / kosen こうせん
Chinese light ray; CL:條|条[tiao2],道[dao4]; light; illumination; lighting (for a photograph)
Japanese beam; light ray

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Mandarin rui  / rui4 
Taiwan rui 
Japanese kouzui / kozui こうずい
Japanese (given name) Kouzui
The auspicious ray sent from between the Buddha's eyebrows before a revelation; luminous ray

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Mandarin huí miáo / hui2 miao2
Taiwan hui miao
Chinese flyback (of electron beam in cathode ray tube); retrace

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Japanese kyokujou / kyokujo きょくじょう
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) spiny ray (of a fin)

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Japanese goukou / goko ごうこう
Japanese (abbreviation) light that is said to be emitted from some hair or tuft in Buddha's forehead; ray of light from the tuft of white hair (between the eyebrows)

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Mandarin fàng guāng / fang4 guang1
Taiwan fang kuang
Japanese houkou / hoko ほうこう
Japanese emission of light
Light-emitting; to send out an illuminating ray; emission of light

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Mandarin zǐ wài / zi3 wai4
Taiwan tzu wai
Japanese shigai しがい
Chinese ultraviolet (ray)
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) (abbreviation) ultraviolet; UV

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Mandarin hóng wài / hong2 wai4
Taiwan hung wai
Chinese infrared (ray)

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Mandarin yù háo / yu4 hao2
Taiwan yü hao
Japanese gyokugō
玉毫 The ūrṇā or white curl between the Buddha's eyebrows, from which he sent forth his ray of light illuminating all worlds; jeweled brow

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Mandarin rè xiàn / re4 xian4
Taiwan je hsien
Japanese nessen ねっせん
Chinese hotline (communications link)
Japanese heat ray; line of heat

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Mandarin piàn zi // piān zi / pian4 zi5 // pian1 zi5
Taiwan p`ien tzu // p`ien / pien tzu // pien
Japanese hirako ひらこ
 katako かたこ
Chinese thin flake; small piece; film; movie; film reel; phonograph record; X-ray image
Japanese (female given name) Hirako; (place-name) Katako

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Mandarin bái háo / bai2 hao2
Taiwan pai hao
Japanese byakugou / byakugo びゃくごう
Japanese whorl of white hair on the forehead of the Buddha, represented by a white precious stone on statues of Buddha; urna
The curl between Śākyamuni's eyebrows; from it, in the Mahāyāna sutras, he sends out a ray of light which reveals all worlds; it is used as a synonym of the Buddha, e. g. 白毫之賜 (all that a monk has is) a gift from the White-curled One; curl between the eyebrows

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Mandarin fú fèn / fu2 fen4
Taiwan fu fen
Chinese manta ray; devil ray

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Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Ray léi / lei2 / lei
Ray レイrei
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In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.

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