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Dragon / Emperor Symbol

China lóng
Japan ryuu / tatsu
Dragon / Emperor Symbol Vertical Wall Scroll

竜 is an alternate form of dragon. Still pronounced the same in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.

This particular Kanji is often associated as an imperial symbol as well as representing the mythical Asian dragon. You may have seen it on the chest or flag of the emperor in old Japanese and Chinese movies.

Note: I would rate this as a non-universal alternate form. The other dragon character is by far more common, and universally understood.

We strongly recommend symbol of dragon if you are looking for the symbol of dragon.

See Also:  Phoenix | Emperor | King

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Mandarin lóng / long2
Taiwan lung
Japanese ryou / ryo / りょう    ryuu / ryu / りゅう    tatsu / たつ
Dragon / Emperor Symbol Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese Japanese variant of 龍|龙
Japanese (1) dragon (esp. a Chinese dragon); (2) naga; semi-divine human-cobra chimera in Hindu and Buddhist mythology; (surname, female given name) Ryou; (personal name) Riyuu; (personal name) Ryuuji; (surname) Ryuuzaki; (surname, female given name) Ryuu; (given name) Noboru; (given name) Tooru; (surname) Tatsuzaki; (surname) Tatsu; (given name) Shigemi


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Japanese kouryou / koryo / こうりょう Japanese dragon which has already ascended to the heavens


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Japanese fukuryuu / fukuryu / ふくりゅう Japanese suicide divers (part of the Japanese Special Attack Units during WWII)


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Japanese kenryuu / kenryu / けんりゅう Japanese (obscure) stegosaur (any dinosaur of infraorder Stegosauria); (given name) Kenryuu


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Japanese moguramochi / もぐらもち    mogura / もぐら    muguramochi / むぐらもち    mugura / むぐら    doryuu / doryu / どりゅう Japanese (gikun reading) (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) (kana only) mole (Talpidae spp., esp. the small Japanese mole, Mogera imaizumii); (gikun reading) (kana only) mole (Talpidae spp., esp. the small Japanese mole, Mogera imaizumii); (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) (kana only) mole (Talpidae spp., esp. the small Japanese mole, Mogera imaizumii); (given name) Mogura


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Japanese jiryuu / jiryu / じりゅう Japanese herbal medicine prepared from dried earthworms


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Japanese tenryuu;tenryou / tenryu;tenryo / てんりゅう;てんりょう Japanese (1) {Buddh} deva and naga; (2) heavenly dragon; (place-name, surname) Tenryuu


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Japanese meiron / meron / メイロン Japanese (kana only) mei long (dinosaur discovered in China)


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Japanese toryou / toryo / とりょう Japanese (1) dragon-slaying; (2) Kawasaki Ki-45 (WWII heavy fighter aircraft)


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Japanese ouryuu / oryu / おうりゅう Japanese Yinglong; dragon-like beast from Chinese mythology


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Japanese kyouryuu / kyoryu / きょうりゅう Japanese dinosaur


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Japanese shouryuu / shoryu / しょうりゅう Japanese (See 昇り竜・のぼりりゅう・1) rising dragon; great dash; (surname, given name) Shouryuu


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Japanese karyou / karyo / かりょう Japanese firedrake


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Japanese uuron / uron / ウーロン Japanese (abbreviation) (kana only) oolong (tea) (chi:)


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Japanese haarii / hari / はありい Japanese (kana only) Okinawan dragon boat race


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Japanese garyuu / garyu / がりゅう Japanese dragon's fang


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Japanese garyou;garyuu / garyo;garyu / がりょう;がりゅう Japanese drawn dragon; painted dragon


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Japanese hakuryou;hakuryuu / hakuryo;hakuryu / はくりょう;はくりゅう Japanese white dragon; (given name) Hakuryuu; (surname) Shirotatsu


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Japanese sekiryuu / sekiryu / せきりゅう Japanese (See トカゲ・1) lizard; (surname, given name) Sekiryuu


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Japanese kinryuu / kinryu / きんりゅう Japanese (See イグアノドン) iguanadon


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Japanese ryuuguu / ryugu / りゅうぐう Japanese Palace of the Dragon King; palace from the story of Urashima Taro (said to be located at the bottom of the sea); (place-name) Ryuuguu; (surname) Tatsumiya


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Japanese tatsumaki / たつまき Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) tornado; waterspout; (place-name) Tatsumaki


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Japanese ryuuza / ryuza / りゅうざ Japanese (astron) Draco (constellation); the Dragon


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Japanese ryuutou / ryuto / りゅうとう Japanese phosphorescent lights seen at sea at night; lights that can be seen on the altar of gods, intended as an offering


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Japanese ryuuou / ryuo / りゅうおう Japanese (1) Dragon King; (2) (shogi) promoted rook; (surname) Ryouou; (place-name, surname) Ryuuou


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Japanese ryuugan / ryugan / りゅうがん Japanese (kana only) longan (Euphoria longana)


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Japanese ryuujin / ryujin / りゅうじん Japanese (1) dragon god; dragon king; (2) (Buddhist term) naga; (place-name, surname) Ryuujin


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Japanese ryouteki / ryoteki / りょうてき    ryuuteki / ryuteki / りゅうてき Japanese dragon flute (medium-pitched bamboo transverse flute with seven-holes)


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Japanese rindou;ryuutan;rindou / rindo;ryutan;rindo / りんどう;りゅうたん;リンドウ Japanese (kana only) gentian (Gentiana scabra var. buergeri); autumn bellflower


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Japanese ryuunou / ryuno / りゅうのう Japanese borneol (crystalline turpenoid alcohol)

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