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There are 11 total results for your giraffe search.

Characters Pronunciation
Simple Dictionary Definition


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Mandarin qí lín / qi2 lin2
Taiwan ch`i lin / chi lin
Japanese kirin / きりん
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Chinese qilin (mythical Chinese animal); kylin; Chinese unicorn; commonly mistranslated as giraffe
Japanese (1) (kana only) giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis); (2) qilin (Chinese unicorn); (3) Kirin (brand of beer); (surname, female given name) Kirin
Male and female unicorns; the qilin in general.



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Mandarin cháng jǐng lù / chang2 jing3 lu4
Taiwan ch`ang ching lu / chang ching lu
 Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese giraffe; CL:隻|只[zhi1]



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Mandarin qí lín / qi2 lin2
Taiwan ch`i lin / chi lin
Chinese variant of 麒麟[qi2 lin2]; qilin (mythical Chinese animal); kylin; Chinese unicorn; commonly mistranslated as giraffe


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Japanese kirin / キリン Japanese (1) (kana only) giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis); (2) qilin (Chinese unicorn); (female given name) Kirin; (c) Kirin


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Japanese jirafu / ジラフ Japanese giraffe



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Mandarin shān xī shòu / shan1 xi1 shou4
Taiwan shan hsi shou
Chinese Shansitherium fuguensis (early giraffe)



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Mandarin sà mó lín / sa4 mo2 lin2
Taiwan sa mo lin
Chinese Samotherium (early giraffe)


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Mandarin qí lín zuò / qi2 lin2 zuo4
Taiwan ch`i lin tso / chi lin tso
Japanese kirinza / きりんざ
Chinese Monoceros (constellation)
Japanese {astron} Camelopardalis (constellation); the Giraffe


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Japanese kirinka / キリンか Japanese Giraffidae; family containing the giraffe and the okapi


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Japanese kirin(p);kirin / きりん(P);キリン Japanese (1) (kana only) giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis); (2) qilin (Chinese unicorn); (3) (麒麟 only) Kirin (brand of beer); (4) (騏驎 only) (archaism) horse that can ride 1000 ri in a day


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Japanese aukenoguranisuokkidentarisu / アウケノグラニスオッキデンタリス Japanese bubu (Auchenoglanis occidentalis); giraffe catfish

Entries with 2nd row of characters: The 2nd row is Simplified Chinese.

This page contains 11 results for "giraffe" in Chinese and/or Japanese.

Information about this dictionary:

Apparently, we were the first ones who were crazy enough to think that western people might want a combined Chinese, Japanese, and Buddhist dictionary.

A lot of westerners can't tell the difference between Chinese and Japanese - and there is a reason for that. Chinese characters and even whole words were borrowed by Japan from the Chinese language in the 5th century. Much of the time, if a word or character is used in both languages, it will have the same or a similar meaning. However, this is not always true. Language evolves, and meanings independently change in each language.

Example: The Chinese character 湯 for soup (hot water) has come to mean bath (hot water) in Japanese. They have the same root meaning of "hot water", but a 湯屋 sign on a bathhouse in Japan would lead a Chinese person to think it was a "soup house" or a place to get a bowl of soup. See this: Soup or Bath

This dictionary uses the EDICT and CC-CEDICT dictionary files.
EDICT data is the property of the Electronic Dictionary Research and Development Group, and is used in conformance with the Group's license.

Chinese Buddhist terms come from Dictionary of Chinese Buddhist Terms by William Edward Soothill and Lewis Hodous. This is commonly referred to as "Soothill's'". It was first published in 1937 (and is now off copyright so we can use it here). Some of these definitions may be misleading, incomplete, or dated, but 95% of it is good information. Every professor who teaches Buddhism or Eastern Religion has a copy of this on their bookshelf. We incorporated these 16,850 entries into our dictionary database ourselves (it was lot of work).

Combined, these cover 355,969 Japanese, Chinese, and Buddhist characters, words, idioms, and short phrases.

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