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Dragon / Emperor Symbol

China lóng
Japan ryuu / tatsu
Dragon / Emperor Symbol

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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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 lóng / long2
Taiwan lung
Japanese ryou / ryo / りょう    riyuu / riyu / りゆう    ryuuji / ryuji / りゅうじ    ryuuzaki / ryuzaki / りゅうざき    ryuu / ryu / りゅう    noboru / のぼる    tooru / とおる    tatsuzaki / たつざき    tatsu / たつ    shigemi / しげみ
Dragon / Emperor Symbol
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

亢竜

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

伏竜

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

剣竜

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

土竜

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Japanese mogura / もぐら 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

地竜

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

天竜

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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

寐竜

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

屠竜

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

応竜

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

恐竜

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

昇竜

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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

火竜

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Japanese karyou / karyo / かりょう Japanese firedrake

烏竜

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

爬竜

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

牙竜

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

画竜

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

白竜

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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

石竜

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

禽竜

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

竜宮

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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

竜巻

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

竜座

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

竜灯

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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

竜王

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

竜眼

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

竜神

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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

竜笛

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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)

竜胆

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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

竜脳

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

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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
Dragon
Emperor Symbol
ryuu / tatsu
ryu / tatsu
ryu/tatsu
lóng / long2 / longlung



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