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虎 is the character for tiger in Chinese, old Korean Hanja, and Japanese Kanji.
Since you already know what a tiger is, here's some trivia: If you look at the Japanese pronunciation, you might remember a movie called "Tora Tora Tora" which was the code word used to initiate the attack on Pearl Harbor. It simply means "Tiger Tiger Tiger."
In Chinese culture, the tiger is considered to be the king of all animals (in much the way we see the lion in western culture).
From the Chinese Zodiac, if you were born in the year of the tiger, you . . .
Have a strong personality.
Are full of self-confidence.
Don't like to obey others.
Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your year of the tiger search...
If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese
|Simple Dictionary Definition|
| yín / yin2
tora / とら
3rd earthly branch: 3-5 a.m., 1st solar month (4th February-5th March), year of the Tiger; ancient Chinese compass point: 60°
third sign of Chinese zodiac (The Tiger, 3am-5am, east-northeast, January); (surname) Fusa; (personal name) Toraji; (surname) Tora; (given name) Susumu; (personal name) I
|toradoshi / とらどし||
year of the tiger
| yín hǔ / yin2 hu3
Year 3, year of the Tiger (e.g. 2010)
| hǔ nián / hu3 nian2
toratoshi / とらとし
Year of the Tiger (e.g. 2010)
(male given name) Toratoshi
| shēng xiào shǔ xiàng / sheng1 xiao4 shu3 xiang4
sheng hsiao shu hsiang
birth year as designated by animal symbols (mouse, ox, tiger etc)
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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji(Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|Tiger||虎||tora||hǔ / hu3 / hu|
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