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Bamboo

China zhú
Japan take
Bamboo

竹 is the character that means bamboo in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja. In Asian cultures, bamboo is often seen as a symbol of a noble gentleman (being tall, straight, and honest).

There are also some multi-character bamboo words that regard individual bamboo plants, species of bamboo, bamboo as lumber, and edible bamboo shoots. However, this single-character seems most appropriate for a wall scroll, and covers the whole category of Asian bamboo.

Bamboo Moon

China yuè zhú
Japan tsuki take
Bamboo Moon

月竹 is the title, "Bamboo Moon." Technically, it's in the order of "moon bamboo" but that's the most natural order in Chinese and Japanese.

With a little research, I found this title has been used as the name of a linen company, a band, a song title, an actual person's name, title for a piece of artwork featuring bamboo with a moon in the background, and a few other things. I added it here because a lot of people searched for "bamboo moon" on my website, so here it is for you.


The typical Japanese pronunciation would probably be "tsu-ki ta-ke." However, this would not be the only possible pronunciation in Japanese (especially if used as a given name).

Green Plum and Bamboo Horse

Innocent Children's Games
China qīng méi zhú mǎ
Green Plum and Bamboo Horse

This literally means, "green plums and hobby-horse." Figuratively, it means, "innocent children's games," "childhood sweethearts," or "a couple who grew up as childhood friends."

This phrase may sound a little strange as it's a kind of Chinese proverb or idiom. It makes much more sense in Chinese than English.


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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 zhú / zhu2
Taiwan chu
Japanese take / たけ
Green Plum and Bamboo Horse
Chinese bamboo; CL:棵[ke1],支[zhi1],根[gen1]; Kangxi radical 118
Japanese (1) bamboo; (2) middle (of a three-tier ranking system); (surname) Chikusaki; (personal name) Takematsu; (personal name) Takehana; (surname) Taketaka; (personal name) Takesue; (surname) Takezaki; (surname) Takesaki; (p,s,f) Take
veṇu, bamboo.

青梅竹馬

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Mandarin qīng méi zhú mǎ / qing1 mei2 zhu2 ma3
Taiwan ch`ing mei chu ma / ching mei chu ma
Chinese lit. green plums and hobby-horse (idiom); fig. innocent children's games; childhood sweethearts; a couple who grew up as childhood friends

丸竹

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Japanese marutake / まるたけ Japanese (obscure) cut bamboo; (surname) Marutake

乾竹

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Japanese karatake / からたけ Japanese (1) (kana only) Japanese timber bamboo (Phyllostachys bambsoides); giant timber bamboo; madake; (2) Henon bamboo (Phyllostachys nigra var. henonis)

割竹

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Japanese waridake / わりだけ    waritake / わりたけ Japanese (1) split bamboo; bamboo slat; bamboo split; (2) noisy bamboo baton used by night watchmen (Edo period)

南竹

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Mandarin nán zhú / nan2 zhu2
Taiwan nan chu
Japanese minamitake / みなみたけ
Chinese see 毛[mao2 zhu2]
Japanese (surname) Minamitake

呉竹

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Japanese kuretake;kuretake / くれたけ;クレタケ Japanese (kana only) (See ハチク) Alternative name for henon bamboo (Phyllostachys nigra var. henonis); (place-name, surname) Kuretake

唐竹

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Japanese touchiku;touchiku / tochiku;tochiku / とうちく;トウチク Japanese (kana only) Chinese temple bamboo (Sinobambusa tootsik); tootsik bamboo; (place-name) Karadake; (place-name, surname) Karatake

大竹

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Mandarin dà zhú / da4 zhu2
Taiwan ta chu
Japanese oodake / おおだけ    ootake / おおたけ    outake / otake / おうたけ
Chinese Dazhu county in Dazhou 達州|达州[Da2 zhou1], Sichuan
Japanese (surname) Otake; (place-name, surname) Oodake; (place-name, surname) Ootake; (surname) Outake

女竹

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Japanese medake / めだけ Japanese (kana only) Simon bamboo (Pleioblastus simonii)

寒竹

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Japanese kanchiku;kanchiku / かんちく;カンチク Japanese (kana only) marbled bamboo (Chimonobambusa marmorea); (surname) Samutake; (surname) Satake; (surname) Kanchiku; (surname) Kantake

小竹

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Japanese shino / しの    satake / さたけ    sasa / ささ    kodake / こだけ    kotake / こたけ    koketa / こけた    odake / おだけ    otake / おたけ Japanese bamboo grass; generally smaller species of running bamboo that do not shed their sheaths (e.g. Sasa spp.); (surname, female given name) Shino; (surname) Satake; (female given name) Sasa; (place-name, surname) Kodake; (p,s,f) Kotake; (surname) Koketa; (place-name, surname) Odake; (surname) Otake

山竹

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Mandarin shān zhú / shan1 zhu2
Taiwan shan chu
Japanese yamatake / やまたけ
Chinese mangosteen
Japanese (surname) Yamatake

川竹

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Japanese kawatake / かわたけ Japanese (1) bamboo growing along a river bank; (2) Japanese timber bamboo (Phyllostachys bambsoides); giant timber bamboo; madake; (3) Simon bamboo (Pleioblastus simonii); (4) (archaism) prostitute; the life of a prostitute; (surname) Kawatake

幹竹

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Japanese karatake / からたけ Japanese (1) (kana only) Japanese timber bamboo (Phyllostachys bambsoides); giant timber bamboo; madake; (2) Henon bamboo (Phyllostachys nigra var. henonis)

弱竹

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Japanese nayotake / なよたけ    nayutake / なゆたけ Japanese (1) (kana only) (obscure) Simon bamboo (Pleioblastus simonii); (2) any thin, but flexible bamboo

文竹

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Mandarin wén zhú / wen2 zhu2
Taiwan wen chu
Chinese setose asparagus

斑竹

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Mandarin bān zhú / ban1 zhu2
Taiwan pan chu
Chinese mottled bamboo

新竹

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Mandarin xīn zhú / xin1 zhu2
Taiwan hsin chu
Japanese niitake / nitake / にいたけ    shinchiku / しんちく    shintake / しんたけ    aratake / あらたけ
Chinese Xinzhu or Hsinchu city in northern Taiwan, noted for high tech industries; Xinzhu or Hsinchu county in northwest Taiwan
Japanese (surname) Niitake; (place-name) Hsinchu (Taiwanese city); Shinchiku (older romanization); (surname) Shintake; (surname) Aratake

方竹

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Japanese houchiku / hochiku / ほうちく Japanese (See 四方竹) type of bamboo

暖竹

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Japanese danchiku;danchiku / だんちく;ダンチク Japanese (kana only) Arundo donax

桟竹

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Japanese etsuridake / えつりだけ Japanese (1) (See 桟・えつり) sheathing (under thatched roofing); (2) decorative rafters (of alternating wood and bamboo)

楠竹

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Mandarin nán zhú / nan2 zhu2
Taiwan nan chu
Chinese see 毛[mao2 zhu2]

毛竹

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Mandarin máo zhú / mao2 zhu2
Taiwan mao chu
Chinese moso bamboo (Phyllostachys edulis), used as timber etc

河竹

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Japanese kawatake / かわたけ Japanese (1) bamboo growing along a river bank; (2) Japanese timber bamboo (Phyllostachys bambsoides); giant timber bamboo; madake; (3) Simon bamboo (Pleioblastus simonii); (4) (archaism) prostitute; the life of a prostitute; (surname) Kawatake

法竹

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Japanese hocchiku / ほっちく Japanese type of open-ended bamboo flute

淡竹

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Japanese hachiku;hachiku / はちく;ハチク Japanese (kana only) Henon bamboo (Phyllostachys nigra var. henonis)

漢竹

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Japanese kanchiku / かんちく    karatake / からたけ Japanese (archaism) Chinese bamboo; bamboo imported from China (often used to make flutes)

炮竹

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Mandarin pào zhú / pao4 zhu2
Taiwan p`ao chu / pao chu
Chinese firecracker

煤竹

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Japanese susutake;susudake / すすたけ;すすだけ Japanese (1) soot-colored bamboo (coloured); (2) (See すす払い・1) bamboo duster (with the leaves still attached at one end)

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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
Bambootakezhú / zhu2 / zhuchu
Bamboo Moon月竹tsuki take / tsukitakeyuè zhú / yue4 zhu2 / yue zhu / yuezhuyüeh chu / yüehchu
Green Plum and Bamboo Horse青梅竹馬
青梅竹马
qīng méi zhú mǎ
qing1 mei2 zhu2 ma3
qing mei zhu ma
qingmeizhuma
ch`ing mei chu ma
chingmeichuma
ching mei chu ma
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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Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.

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A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

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