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Ivory / Tooth

China
Japan kiba
Ivory / Tooth

牙 is the character for ivory or tooth in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja. 牙 can also mean tooth, tusk, fang, or molar.

Tooth for a tooth

China yǐ yá huán yá
Tooth for a tooth

This phase often goes with "An eye for an eye," even in Chinese. Revenge seems to cross all languages, cultures, and even species (animals are known to take revenge too).

If a Chinese person uses just one part of the full proverb, it will be this "tooth for a tooth" one. Although, we are more likely to say "eye for an eye" alone in English.

Chinese people may also read this with a meaning of "Bite me and I will bite you back." However, it literally means "tooth for a tooth" or "you take my tooth, I take yours."

Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth

China yǐ yá huán yá yǐ yǎn huán yǎn
Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth

Here's the full proverb, with the first and second parts.

However, in Chinese, it's more natural to put the "tooth" part first, so this more accurately reads "Tooth for a tooth, eye for an eye."

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Characters

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Pronunciation
Romanization
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Mandarin/ ya2
Taiwan ya
Japanese kiba / きば
Chinese tooth; ivory; CL:顆|颗[ke1]
Japanese tusk; fang
Tooth, teeth; toothed; a broker.
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Ivory / Tooth


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Mandarin/ yi4
Taiwan i
Japanese gi / ぎ
Chinese justice; righteousness; meaning; foster (father etc); adopted; artificial (tooth, limb etc); relationship; friendship; surname Yi; (Tw) abbr. for 義大利|义大利[Yi4 da4 li4], Italy
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) (1) morality; righteousness; justice; honour (honor); (2) meaning; (3) {Buddh} teachings; doctrine; (n,n-pref) (4) nonconsanguineous relationship (i.e. of in-laws); (5) prosthesis; (surname) Yoshimura; (given name) Yoshimi; (given name) Yoshihiro; (given name) Yoshinori; (personal name) Yoshitsugu; (personal name) Yoshikatsu; (surname) Yoshi; (given name) Makoto; (given name) Nori; (male given name) Tsutomu; (given name) Tadashi; (given name) Gi
The right, proper, righteous; loyal; public-spirited, public; meaning, significance. It is used for the Skt. artha, object, purpose, meaning, etc.; also for abhidheya.
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Justice / Rectitude / Right Decision

以牙還牙


以牙还牙

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Mandarin yǐ yá huán yá / yi3 ya2 huan2 ya2
Taiwan i ya huan ya
Chinese a tooth for a tooth (retaliation)
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Tooth for a tooth

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Mandarin gēn / gen1
Taiwan ken
Japanese ne / ね    kon / こん
Chinese root; basis; classifier for long slender objects, e.g. cigarettes, guitar strings; CL:條|条[tiao2]; radical (chemistry)
Japanese (1) root (of a plant); (2) root (of a tooth, hair, etc.); center (of a pimple, etc.); (3) root root (of all evil, etc.); source; origin; cause; basis; (4) one's true nature; (5) (fishing) reef; (1) stick-to-itiveness; perseverance; persistence; (2) (See 基・き・1) radical (esp. one that tends to ionize easily); (3) {math} root; (4) {Buddh} indriya (faculty of the body having a specific function, i.e. the sensory organs); (personal name) Nemawari; (personal name) Nemawashi; (personal name) Nene; (surname) Nezaki; (surname) Nesaki; (place-name) Ne; (surname) Konzaki; (surname) Kon; (surname) Kotakane
mūla, a root, basis, origin; but when meaning an organ of sense, indriyam, a 'power', 'faculty of sense, sense, organ of sense'. M.W. A root, or source; that which is capable of producing or growing, as the eye is able to produce knowledge, as faith is able to bring forth good works, as human nature is able to produce good or evil karma. v. 五根 and 二十二根.

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Mandarin chǐ / chi3
Taiwan ch`ih / chih
Japanese yowai / よわい    ha / は
Chinese Japanese variant of 齒|齿
Japanese (one's) age; tooth

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Mandarin píng / ping2
Taiwan p`ing / ping
Japanese hirame / ひらめ
Chinese family of flatfish; sole
Japanese (1) (kana only) flounder (esp. the large-tooth flounders of family Paralichthyidae, but also lefteye flounders of family Bothidae); (2) bastard halibut; olive flounder (Paralichthys olivaceus)


齿

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Mandarin chǐ / chi3
Taiwan ch`ih / chih
Japanese shi / は
Chinese tooth; CL:顆|颗[ke1]
Japanese (out-dated kanji) tooth
The teeth, especially the front and upper teeth; toothed, serrated; age, class.

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Mandarin/ qu3
Taiwan ch`ü / chü
Japanese mushiba / むしば
Chinese decayed teeth; dental caries
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) cavity; tooth decay; decayed tooth; caries

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う蝕

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Japanese ushoku / うしょく Japanese (med) dental caries; tooth decay

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か縁

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Japanese kaen / かえん Japanese cavity margin (e.g. tooth, body)

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乳歯

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Japanese nyuushi / nyushi / にゅうし Japanese baby tooth; milk tooth; first set of teeth

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乳牙

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Mandarin rǔ yá / ru3 ya2
Taiwan ju ya
Chinese deciduous tooth; milk tooth; baby tooth

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乳齒


乳齿

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Mandarin rǔ chǐ / ru3 chi3
Taiwan ju ch`ih / ju chih
Chinese deciduous tooth; milk tooth; baby tooth

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仏牙

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Japanese butsuge / ぶつげ Japanese {Buddh} tooth of Buddha recovered from his cremated ashes

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仮歯

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Japanese kashi / かし Japanese false tooth

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佛牙

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Mandarin fó yá / fo2 ya2
Taiwan fo ya
Japanese butsuge
Chinese Buddha's tooth (a holy relic)
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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充填

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Mandarin chōng tián / chong1 tian2
Taiwan ch`ung t`ien / chung tien
Japanese juuten / juten / じゅうてん
Chinese to fill (gap, hole, area, blank); to pad out; to complement; (dental) filling; filled
Japanese (noun/participle) filling (up); replenishing; filling in (tooth); loading (gun with ammunition, camera with film, etc.); packing; plugging

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入歯

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Japanese ireba / いれば Japanese false tooth; denture

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出歯

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Japanese deba / でば Japanese (See 出っ歯・でっぱ) protruding tooth; overbite

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切歯

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Japanese sesshi / せっし Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) (1) incisor tooth; (noun/participle) (2) grinding one's teeth; bruxism; gnashing of teeth

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切牙

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Mandarin qiē yá / qie1 ya2
Taiwan ch`ieh ya / chieh ya
Chinese incisor tooth

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前歯

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Japanese zenshi;maeba / ぜんし;まえば Japanese front tooth

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基牙

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Mandarin jī yá / ji1 ya2
Taiwan chi ya
Chinese abutment tooth (dentistry)

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娜多

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Mandarin nà duō / na4 duo1
Taiwan na to
Japanese data
danta, tooth, tusk, fang.

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尖牙

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Mandarin jiān yá / jian1 ya2
Taiwan chien ya
Chinese canine tooth; fang; tusk

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差歯

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Japanese sashiba / さしば Japanese (1) post crown; dowel crown; false tooth; (2) "tooth" on a geta clog

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平目

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Japanese hirame / ひらめ Japanese (1) (kana only) flounder (esp. the large-tooth flounders of family Paralichthyidae, but also lefteye flounders of family Bothidae); (2) bastard halibut; olive flounder (Paralichthys olivaceus); (surname) Hirame

彈多


弹多

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Mandarin dàn duō / dan4 duo1
Taiwan tan to
Japanese danta
danta, a tooth.

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恆牙


恒牙

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Mandarin héng yá / heng2 ya2
Taiwan heng ya
Chinese permanent tooth (as opposed to deciduous tooth 乳牙); adult tooth

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憚哆


惮哆

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Mandarin dàn duō / dan4 duo1
Taiwan tan to
Japanese tanta
danta tooth, teeth; cf. 彈 and 娜.

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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Ivory
Tooth
kibayá / ya2 / ya
Tooth for a tooth以牙還牙
以牙还牙
yǐ yá huán yá
yi3 ya2 huan2 ya2
yi ya huan ya
yiyahuanya
i ya huan ya
iyahuanya
Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth以牙還牙以眼還眼
以牙还牙以眼还眼
yǐ yá huán yá yǐ yǎn huán yǎn
yi3 ya2 huan2 ya2 yi3 yan3 huan2 yan3
yi ya huan ya yi yan huan yan
yiyahuanyayiyanhuanyan
i ya huan ya i yen huan yen
iyahuanyaiyenhuanyen
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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