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  1. Ox / Bull / Cow

  2. Awesome / Really Cool

  3. Cowboy

  4. Newton

  5. Taurus


Ox / Bull / Cow

Year of the Ox / Bull - Zodiac Sign
China niú
Japan ushi
Ox  /  Bull / Cow Vertical Wall Scroll

牛 is the character for bull, cow, ox, or bovine creature in Chinese, old Korean, and Japanese.

If you were born in the year of the ox / bull / cow, you . . .

Are dedicated to your work.
Are discrete, careful and conscientious.
Value work and family.

Note that in this Chinese character, there is no distinction between bull and cow. All bovine creatures fit into the definition of this character. To distinguish between male and female, another sex-designating character is added in front of this character. Therefore, in China, the energy drink "Red Bull" (Hong Niu) is often translated in the minds of Chinese people as "Red Cow" or even "Red Ox."


See also our Chinese Zodiac page.

Awesome / Really Cool

Chinese Slang
China zhēn niú
Awesome / Really Cool Vertical Wall Scroll

真牛 is Chinese slang for something really cool or awesome.

真牛 is probably not appropriate for a calligraphy wall scroll unless you have a specific reason.

This literally translates as "the real bull" or "the genuine cow."

Cowboy

China niú zǎi
Cowboy Vertical Wall Scroll

牛仔 is the Chinese word for cowboy.

Newton

China niú dùn
Newton Vertical Wall Scroll

牛頓 is the transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the name Newton

Taurus Zodiac Symbol / Sign

China jīn niú zuò
Taurus Zodiac Symbol / Sign Vertical Wall Scroll

金牛座 is the Chinese way to write Taurus (bull) of western astrology. Please note this version is only used in Chinese (see other version if Japanese is your audience).


See Also:  Chinese Zodiac

Taurus Zodiac Symbol / Sign

Japan oushi-za
Taurus Zodiac Symbol / Sign Vertical Wall Scroll

牡牛座 is the Japanese way to write Taurus (bull) of western astrology. Please note this version is only used in Japanese (see other version if Chinese is your audience).


See Also:  Chinese Zodiac


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

Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

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Mandarin niú / niu2
Taiwan niu
Japanese ushi(p);gyuu;ushi / ushi(p);gyu;ushi / うし(P);ぎゅう;ウシ
Taurus Zodiac Symbol / Sign Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese ox; cow; bull; CL:條|条[tiao2],頭|头[tou2]; (slang) awesome; surname Niu
Japanese (1) cattle (Bos taurus); cow; bull; ox; calf; (2) (usu. ぎゅう) (See 牛肉) beef; (3) (ぎゅう only) {astron} (See 二十八宿,玄武・げんぶ・2) Chinese "Ox" constellation (one of the 28 mansions); (surname) Niu; (surname) Giyuu; (given name) Gyuutetsu; (surname) Gyuu; (personal name) Ushimatsu; (personal name) Ushibori; (personal name) Ushihori; (surname) Ushi
go, gaus; ox, bull, bullock, etc. A term applied to the Buddha Gautama as in 王 king of bulls, possibly because of the derivation of his name; the phrase 騎 (or 騎) to ride an ox, to seek an ox, means to use the Buddha to find the Buddha.

牛仔

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Mandarin niú zǎi / niu2 zai3
Taiwan niu tsai
Taurus Zodiac Symbol / Sign Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese cowboy

牛頓

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Mandarin niú dùn / niu2 dun4
Taiwan niu tun
Chinese Newton (name); Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727), British mathematician and physicist

真牛

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Mandarin zhēn niú / zhen1 niu2
Taiwan chen niu
Taurus Zodiac Symbol / Sign Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese (slang) really cool, awesome

牡牛座

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Japanese oushiza / oshiza / おうしざ
Taurus Zodiac Symbol / Sign Vertical Wall Scroll
Japanese Taurus (constellation); the Bull

金牛座

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Mandarin jīn niú zuò / jin1 niu2 zuo4
Taiwan chin niu tso
Taurus Zodiac Symbol / Sign Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese Taurus (constellation and sign of the zodiac)

丑牛

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Mandarin chǒu niú / chou3 niu2
Taiwan ch`ou niu / chou niu
Chinese Year 2, year of the Bull or Ox (e.g. 2009)

乳牛

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Mandarin rǔ niú / ru3 niu2
Taiwan ju niu
Japanese chichiushi;nyuugyuu / chichiushi;nyugyu / ちちうし;にゅうぎゅう
Chinese dairy cattle
Japanese milk cow; dairy cattle; milch cow; (place-name) Chiushi

仔牛

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Japanese kouji / koji / こうじ    koushi / koshi / こうし Japanese calf; small cow

公牛

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Mandarin gōng niú / gong1 niu2
Taiwan kung niu
Chinese bull

十牛

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Japanese juugyuu / jugyu / じゅうぎゅう Japanese {Buddh} Ten Bulls (ten stages of the herding of an ox, used as an analogy for training the mind on the path to enlightenment)

原牛

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Japanese gengyuu / gengyu / げんぎゅう Japanese (See オーロックス) aurochs; urus (extinct ancestor of the modern cow, Bos taurus)

吉牛

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Japanese yoshigyuu / yoshigyu / よしぎゅう Japanese (abbreviation) (slang) Yoshinoya gyudon (beef on rice)

吹牛

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Mandarin chuī niú / chui1 niu2
Taiwan ch`ui niu / chui niu
Chinese to talk big; to shoot off one's mouth; to chat (dialect)

和牛

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Japanese wagyuu / wagyu / わぎゅう Japanese Wagyu beef; Japanese beef

土牛

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Mandarin tǔ niú / tu3 niu2
Taiwan t`u niu / tu niu
Japanese dogyuu / dogyu / どぎゅう    togyuu / togyu / とぎゅう
Chinese clay ox; mound of earth on a dike (ready for emergency repairs)
Japanese (given name) Dogyuu; (personal name) Togyuu

天牛

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Mandarin tiān niú / tian1 niu2
Taiwan t`ien niu / tien niu
Japanese tengyuu / tengyu / てんぎゅう    kumoji / くもじ
Chinese Longhorn beetle
Japanese long-horned beetle; (surname, given name) Tengyuu; (surname) Kumoji

奶牛

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Mandarin nǎi niú / nai3 niu2
Taiwan nai niu
Chinese milk cow; dairy cow

子牛

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Japanese kouji / koji / こうじ    koushi / koshi / こうし Japanese (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) calf; small cow; calf; small cow

尋牛


寻牛

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Mandarin xún niú / xun2 niu2
Taiwan hsün niu
Japanese jingyū
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

小牛

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Mandarin xiǎo niú / xiao3 niu2
Taiwan hsiao niu
Japanese kogyuu / kogyu / こぎゅう    kouji / koji / こうじ
Chinese calf
Japanese (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) calf; small cow; calf; small cow; (given name) Kogyuu; (place-name) Kouji

役牛

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Japanese ekigyuu / ekigyu / えきぎゅう Japanese work cow; work cattle

得牛

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Mandarin dé niú / de2 niu2
Taiwan te niu
Japanese tokugyū
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

惺牛

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Mandarin xīng niú / xing1 niu2
Taiwan hsing niu
Japanese Seigyū
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

斑牛

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Japanese madaraushi / まだらうし Japanese brindled ox; spotted cow

斗牛

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Mandarin dǒu niú / dou3 niu2
Taiwan tou niu
Japanese togyuu / togyu / とぎゅう
Chinese Big Dipper and Altair (astronomy)
Japanese (given name) Togyuu

暴牛

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Japanese abareushi / あばれうし Japanese restive bull (esp. in bull riding)

氂牛

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Mandarin máo niú / mao2 niu2
Taiwan mao niu
Chinese yak (Bos grunniens)

水牛

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Mandarin shuǐ niú / shui3 niu2
Taiwan shui niu
Japanese suigyuu(p);suigyuu / suigyu(p);suigyu / すいぎゅう(P);スイギュウ
Chinese water buffalo
Japanese (1) water buffalo (Bubalus bubalis); domestic Asian water buffalo; (2) wild water buffalo (Bubalus arnee); Asian water buffalo; (place-name) Zungyou

海牛

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Mandarin hǎi niú / hai3 niu2
Taiwan hai niu
Japanese kaigyuu;kaigyuu / kaigyu;kaigyu / かいぎゅう;カイギュウ    umiushi;umiushi / うみうし;ウミウシ
Chinese manatee
Japanese (kana only) sirenian (any aquatic mammal of order Sirenia, incl. manatees, and dugongs); sea cow; (kana only) (See 海鼠) sea slug (various orthogastropod species, esp. of order Nudibranchia); nudibranch; (given name) Kaigyuu

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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
Ox
Bull
Cow
ushiniú / niu2 / niu
Awesome
Really Cool
真牛zhēn niú / zhen1 niu2 / zhen niu / zhenniuchen niu / chenniu
Cowboy牛仔niú zǎi / niu2 zai3 / niu zai / niuzainiu tsai / niutsai
Newton牛頓
牛顿
niú dùn / niu2 dun4 / niu dun / niudunniu tun / niutun
Taurus Zodiac Symbol
Sign
金牛座jīn niú zuò
jin1 niu2 zuo4
jin niu zuo
jinniuzuo
chin niu tso
chinniutso
Taurus Zodiac Symbol
Sign
牡牛座oushi-za / oshi-za
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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