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Purple / Violet

China
Japan murasaki
Purple / Violet

紫 is the single-character Chinese, Japanese and old Korean title for the color violet / purple. The difference between violet and purple is not really distinguished in Asian languages. However, sometimes a character for "light" is added to the front of this one, which might be closer to the meaning of violet.

Purple / Violet

(2 character version)
China zǐ sè
Japan murasakiiro
Purple / Violet

紫色 is the two-character Chinese, Japanese and old Korean title for the color violet / purple. The second character basically means "color," so this literally means "violet color." It's more common to add the "color character" in Asian languages than it is to say "color" after the name of the color in English. Therefore, this is a very natural way to express "violet" in Asian languages.

Wisteria / Wistaria

China zǐ téng
Wisteria / Wistaria

紫藤 is the Chinese name of the climbing woody vines of the genus Wisteria in the pea family featuring purplish or white flowers.

Violet

Flower
China zǐ luó lán
Violet

紫羅蘭 is the Chinese title for the flower we refer to as the violet in English. Some may call it the gillyflower.


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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/ zi3
Taiwan tzu
Japanese murasaki / むらさき
Violet
Chinese purple; violet; amethyst; Lithospermum erythrorhizon (flowering plant whose root provides red purple dye); Japanese: murasaki
Japanese (1) purple; violet; (2) (kana only) Lithospermum erythrorhizon (species of gromwell); (3) (See 醤油) type of soy sauce; (female given name) Yukari; (female given name) Yuka; (surname, female given name) Murasaki; (surname) Takauji; (female given name) Shiori; (female given name) Akane
Purple, dark red; violet

紫色

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Mandarin zǐ sè / zi3 se4
Taiwan tzu se
Japanese murasakiiro(p);shishoku / murasakiro(p);shishoku / むらさきいろ(P);ししょく
Violet
Chinese purple; violet (color)
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) purple; violet; (female given name) Shiiro

紫藤

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Mandarin zǐ téng / zi3 teng2
Taiwan tzu t`eng / tzu teng
Japanese murafuji / むらふじ    murasakifuji / むらさきふじ    shifuji / しふじ    shidou / shido / しどう    shitou / shito / しとう
Violet
Chinese wisteria
Japanese (surname) Murafuji; (surname) Murasakifuji; (surname) Shifuji; (surname) Shidou; (surname) Shitou

紫羅蘭

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Mandarin zǐ luó lán / zi3 luo2 lan2
Taiwan tzu lo lan
Chinese violet (botany)

九紫

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Japanese kyuushi / kyushi / きゅうし Japanese (See 九星) ninth of nine traditional astrological signs (corresponding to Mars and south); (given name) Kyuushi

京紫

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Japanese kyoumurasaki / kyomurasaki / きょうむらさき Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) (See 江戸紫) somewhat reddish purple; (given name) Kyoushi

内紫

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Japanese uchimurasaki / うちむらさき Japanese (1) purple Washington clam (Saxidomus purpurata); (2) type of pomelo with red-purple flesh

大紫

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Japanese oomurasaki;oomurasaki / おおむらさき;オオムラサキ Japanese (1) giant purple butterfly (species of nymphalid butterfly, Sasakia charonda); (2) Rhododendron oomurasaki (species of purple azalea); (surname) Oomurasaki

朱紫

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Mandarin zhū zǐ / zhu1 zi3
Taiwan chu tzu
Japanese shushi
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

浅紫

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Japanese asamurasaki / あさむらさき Japanese light purple

深紫

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Japanese fukamurasaki / ふかむらさき Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) deep purple

濃紫

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Japanese komurasaki / こむらさき Japanese dark purple

甲紫

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Mandarin jiǎ zǐ / jia3 zi3
Taiwan chia tzu
Chinese gentian violet

紅紫

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Japanese koushi;benimurasaki / koshi;benimurasaki / こうし;べにむらさき Japanese crimson and purple; red-purple; magenta; (female given name) Koushi

紫外

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Mandarin zǐ wài / zi3 wai4
Taiwan tzu wai
Japanese shigai / しがい
Chinese ultraviolet (ray)
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) (abbreviation) ultraviolet; UV

紫姑

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Mandarin zǐ gū / zi3 gu1
Taiwan tzu ku
Japanese shiko
The goddess of the cesspool.

紫微

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Japanese shibi / しび Japanese (abbreviation) (See 紫微垣) Purple Forbidden Enclosure (group of constellations in the northern sky associated with the emperor)

紫斑

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Mandarin zǐ bān / zi3 ban1
Taiwan tzu pan
Japanese shihan / しはん
Chinese bruise
Japanese purple spot

紫晶

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Mandarin zǐ jīng / zi3 jing1
Taiwan tzu ching
Chinese amethyst (purple crystalline silicon dioxide)

紫服

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Mandarin zǐ fú / zi3 fu2
Taiwan tzu fu
Japanese shifuku
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

紫杉

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Mandarin zǐ shān / zi3 shan1
Taiwan tzu shan
Chinese Japanese yew (taxus cuspidata)

紫柏

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Mandarin zǐ bó / zi3 bo2
Taiwan tzu po
Japanese Shihaku
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

紫根

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Japanese shikon / しこん Japanese (See 紫) gromwell root (of species Lithospermum erythrorhizon)

紫檀

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Mandarin zǐ tán / zi3 tan2
Taiwan tzu t`an / tzu tan
Japanese shitan / したん
Chinese red sandalwood
Japanese rosewood; red sandalwood; (personal name) Shitano

紫氣

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Mandarin zǐ qì / zi3 qi4
Taiwan tzu ch`i / tzu chi
Chinese purple cloud (auspicious portent in astrology)

紫煙

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Japanese shien / しえん Japanese purple smoke; tobacco smoke; (given name) Shien

紫燕

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Japanese murasakitsubame;murasakitsubame / むらさきつばめ;ムラサキツバメ Japanese (1) (kana only) powdered oakblue (butterfly) (Narathura bazalus); (2) purple martin (bird) (Progne subis)

紫磨

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Mandarin zǐ mó / zi3 mo2
Taiwan tzu mo
Japanese shima
Pure gold, hence 磨金; also 磨忍辱 the Buddha's image in attitude of calmness and indifference to pleasure or pain.

紫竹

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Mandarin zǐ zhú / zi3 zhu2
Taiwan tzu chu
Japanese shichiku / しちく
Chinese black bamboo (Phyllostachys nigra)
Japanese (place-name, surname) Shichiku

紫紺

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Japanese shikon / しこん Japanese bluish purple; (personal name) Shikon

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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
Purple
Violet
murasakizǐ / zi3 / zitzu
Purple
Violet
紫色murasakiiro
murasakiro
zǐ sè / zi3 se4 / zi se / zisetzu se / tzuse
Wisteria
Wistaria
紫藤zǐ téng / zi3 teng2 / zi teng / zitengtzu t`eng / tzuteng / tzu teng
Violet紫羅蘭
紫罗兰
zǐ luó lán
zi3 luo2 lan2
zi luo lan
ziluolan
tzu lo lan
tzulolan
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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