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There are 12 total results for your katana search.

Characters Pronunciation
Simple Dictionary Definition

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 katana(p); tou / katana(p); to
    かたな(P); とう
knife; blade; single-edged sword; cutlass; CL:把[ba3]; (slang) dollar (loanword); classifier for sets of one hundred sheets (of paper); classifier for knife cuts or stabs
(1) sword (esp. Japanese single-edged); katana; (2) (とう only) scalpel; (3) (とう only) (See 彫刻刀・ちょうこくとう) chisel; burin; graver; (4) (とう only) (See 刀銭) knife money (knife-shaped commodity money used in ancient China); (personal name) Tou


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 ryougoshi / ryogoshi
katana and wakizashi


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(See 刀・1) katana; var. of Japanese long sword


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piān míng
    pian1 ming2
p`ien ming
    pien ming
movie title
(place-name) Katana


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(1) bamboo sword (resembling a katana, etc.); bamboo imitation sword; (2) dull sword; (surname) Takemitsu


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 morokoshi; morogoshi
    もろこし; もろごし
(obscure) (See 両腰) katana and wakizashi


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(female given name) Katana


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rì běn dāo
    ri4 ben3 dao1
jih pen tao
 nihontou(p); nippontou / nihonto(p); nipponto
    にほんとう(P); にっぽんとう
Japanese sword; katana
Japanese sword (usu. single-edged and curved); Japanese bladed weapon


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wǔ shì dāo
    wu3 shi4 dao1
wu shih tao


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(1) drawing a katana and attacking in the same stroke; (2) doing something suddenly, without warning


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(person) Kamitsukenu Katana


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(See 刀・1) katana (sword worn on the hip edge up by samurai)
This page contains 12 results for "katana" 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: Japanese Bath House

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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).

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