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Sha in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Shark

  2. Sand

  3. Sand / Gravel

  4. Kill / Slaughter / Murder / Butcher

  5. Avenger

  6. Rank Holder


China shā
Japan haze
Shark Vertical Wall Scroll

This single Chinese character means shark.

However, in Japanese, it can refer to the family of goby fish.

鯊 is good if you're looking for shark in Chinese but Japanese may misunderstand it.


China shā
Japan suna
Sand  Vertical Wall Scroll

沙 means sand in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

This can imply something infinite like the sands of the Ganges. It's often used in Buddhism to suggest something countless.

This can also be the Japanese female given name Migiwa, so it's kind of like the English name Sandy.

Sand / Gravel

China shā
Japan suna
Sand / Gravel Vertical Wall Scroll

砂 means sand or gravel in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

The radicals in the character imply the grit from ground-down stone or rock.

This can also be the Japanese surname Sunahama.

Kill / Slaughter / Murder / Butcher

China shā
Japan satsu
Kill / Slaughter / Murder / Butcher Vertical Wall Scroll

殺 is how to write "to kill" or "killing."

殺 is an absolutely shocking word to have on a wall scroll. It will bewilder, scare, and perhaps offend any Chinese, Korean, or Japanese person who sees it. I do not in any way recommend this for a piece of calligraphy artwork. This entry is only here because our calligraphy search engine received so many requests for "kill."

Note: In Korean Hanja, this character is not often used alone - see the other two-character entry for "kill."


Japan fuku shuu sha
Avenger Vertical Wall Scroll

復讐者 is a Japanese Kanji title that means avenger or revenger.

The first two characters literally mean revenge or avenge.

The last character is a way to say person (or soldier/warrior).

Altogether, you have something like, "avenging person," hence avenger.

Rank Holder

The one who has achieved rank in martial arts
China yǒu duàn zhě
Japan yuu dan sha
Rank Holder Vertical Wall Scroll

有段者 is a Japanese term for someone who holds rank in karate, judo, etc.
This term theoretically applies to anyone with rank (above a white belt). However, some schools or dojos may reserve this title for a holder of a black belt.

I'd suggest that you only order this phrase if you have honestly reached this level.

This title does kind of make sense in Chinese but only to those Chinese who practice "kong shou dao" (karate) or when used in the context of martial arts.

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Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your sha search...


If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition

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Mandarin shā / sha1
Taiwan sha
Japanese satsu / さつ    ayame / あやめ
Chinese to kill; to murder; to attack; to weaken or reduce; to smart (dialect); (used after a verb) extremely
Japanese (female given name) Satsu; (female given name) Ayame
To kill, cut down, cut off.

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Mandarin shā / sha1
Taiwan sha
Japanese sha;sa / しゃ;さ
Rank Holder Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese granule; hoarse; raspy; sand; powder; CL:粒[li4]; abbr. for Tsar or Tsarist Russia; surname Sha
Japanese (numeric) one hundred-millionth; (female given name) Migiwa; (female given name) Mikiha; (female given name) Suna; (personal name) Sha; (personal name) Shi; (female given name) Sarara; (surname) Sa; (surname) Isago
bālukā. Sand; sands, e. g. of Ganges 恒河, implying countless; translit. s, ś, ṣ. Cf. 莎; (Skt. bālukā)

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Mandarin shā / sha1
Taiwan sha
Japanese suna / すな    isago / いさご
Rank Holder Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese sand; gravel; granule
Japanese sand; grit; (surname) Sunahama; (surname) Sunazaki; (personal name) Sunaoshi; (given name) Suna; (female given name) Isago
Gravel, sand.

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Mandarin shā / sha1
Taiwan sha
Japanese haze / はぜ
Chinese shark
Japanese (1) goby (fish); (2) yellowfin goby (Acanthogobius flavimanus)



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Mandarin shā/ sha1 lu4
Taiwan sha lu
Japanese satsuriku / さつりく
Chinese to massacre; to slaughter
Japanese (noun/participle) slaughter; massacre
to slaughter


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Mandarin shā táng / sha1 tang2
Taiwan sha t`ang / sha tang
Japanese satou / sato / さとう
Rank Holder Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese granulated sugar
Japanese sugar; (surname) Satou


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Mandarin shā/ sha1 la1
Taiwan sha la
Rank Holder Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese Sara or Sarah (name)



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Mandarin shā/ sha1 yu2
Taiwan sha
Chinese shark


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Mandarin tè léi shā / te4 lei2 sha1
Taiwan t`e lei sha / te lei sha
Rank Holder Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese Teresa; Theresa (name)


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Mandarin ā yī shā / a1 yi1 sha1
Taiwan a i sha
Rank Holder Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese Ayshe, Aise or Ayesha (name); Aishah bint Abi Bakr (c. 614-678), youngest wife of prophet Mohamed 穆罕默德[Mu4 han3 mo4 de2]

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Mandarin shá / sha2
Taiwan sha
Chinese old variant of 啥[sha2]

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Mandarin shǎ / sha3
Taiwan sha
Chinese foolish

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Mandarin shǎ / sha3
Taiwan sha
Chinese variant of 傻[sha3]

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Mandarin shā / sha1
Taiwan sha
Japanese setsu / せつ    satsu / さつ
Japanese (n,suf) (1) temple (Buddhist); (2) central pillar of a pagoda; (3) (Buddhist term) kshetra (realm, country); ksetra; (female given name) Setsu
cha; translit. kṣ; realm

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Mandarin shā // chà / sha1 // cha4
Taiwan sha // ch`a / sha // cha
Chinese to brake; Buddhist monastery, temple or shrine (abbr. for 剎多羅, Sanskrit ksetra)
Japanese See:

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Mandarin shǎ / sha3
Taiwan sha
Chinese to speak evil; gobbling sound made by ducks

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Mandarin shá / sha2
Taiwan sha
Chinese dialectal equivalent of 什麼|什么[shen2 me5]

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Mandarin shà // á / sha4 // a2
Taiwan sha
Chinese hoarse; variant of 啊[a2]

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Mandarin shà // qiè / sha4 // qie4
Taiwan sha // ch`ieh / sha // chieh
Chinese kerchief covering head (arch.); man's headband (arch.)

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Mandarin shà // xià / sha4 // xia4
Taiwan sha // hsia
Japanese hisashi / ひさし
Chinese tall building; mansion; rear annex; lean-to; also pr. [xia4]; abbr. for Xiamen or Amoy 廈門|厦门[Xia4 men2], Fujian
Japanese (given name) Hisashi

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Mandarin shā / sha1
Taiwan sha
Chinese Zanthoxylum ailanthoides

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Mandarin shà / sha4
Taiwan sha
Chinese to drink

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Mandarin shà // shā / sha4 // sha1
Taiwan sha
Japanese setsu
Chinese fiend; demon; very; (Tw) SARS (loanword); to terminate; to cut short; to bring to a stop; to squeeze; to tighten; to damage; variant of 殺|杀[sha1]
to kill

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Mandarin shā / sha1
Taiwan sha
Chinese cholera

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Mandarin shà / sha4
Taiwan sha
Chinese fan

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Mandarin shā / sha1
Taiwan sha
Japanese sha / しゃ
Chinese cotton yarn; muslin
Japanese (silk) gauze; (female given name) Suzu; (personal name) Sha; (female given name) Sara; (female given name) Saya; (female given name) Sana; (female given name) Kinu; (personal name) Usuginu

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Mandarin shà / sha4
Taiwan sha
Chinese wooden fan carried in procession

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Mandarin suō // shā / suo1 // sha1
Taiwan so // sha
Japanese sa / さ
Chinese see 莎草[suo1 cao3]; see 摩莎[mo2 suo1]; katydid (family Tettigoniidae); phonetic "sha" used in transliteration
Japanese (given name) Sa
A species of grass, or sedge; cf. 娑.

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Mandarin shà / sha4
Taiwan sha
Chinese (auspicious herb)

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Mandarin shā / sha1
Taiwan sha
Japanese konokawa / このかわ
Chinese Buddhist monk's robe
Japanese (personal name) Konokawa
monks robe

Search for Sha 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
hazeshā / sha1 / sha
Sand sunashā / sha1 / sha
sunashā / sha1 / sha

satsushā / sha1 / sha
Avenger復讐者fuku shuu sha
fuku shu sha
Rank Holder有段者yuu dan sha
yu dan sha
yǒu duàn zhě
you3 duan4 zhe3
you duan zhe
yu tuan che
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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