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灰 is the Chinese, Japanese, and Korean word for ash or ashes.

This can also refer to dust, lime, or gray. When speaking of emotions in Chinese, it can refer to being discouraged or dejected.

In Japanese, this can be the surname, Hai.

 huī sè
Gray Color Scroll

灰色 is the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja for the color gray.

This can also mean ash gray, grizzly, pessimistic, gloomy, dispirited, ambiguous (not black and white), and the alternate spelling grey.

Gray Scroll

灰 is the color Gray Mandarin Chinese.

You can use this to represent your name if your given or surname happens to be Gray. This also means ash or lime (the mineral) depending on context.

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ash; dust; lime; gray; discouraged; dejected
ash; ashes; (surname) Hai
Ash; lime; hot or fiery as ashes.


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huī sè
    hui1 se4
hui se
 haiiro(p); kaishoku(ok) / hairo(p); kaishoku(ok)
    はいいろ(P); かいしょく(ok)

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Gray Color
gray; ash gray; grizzly; pessimistic; gloomy; dispirited; ambiguous
(noun - becomes adjective with の) grey; gray; ashen


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ash; (personal name) Asch; Ash; Ashe

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military officer
(1) (archaism) (See 判官・はんがん・2) inspector (third highest of the four administrative ranks of the ritsuryō system); (2) (See 翁・おきな・1) (noh) old man; (3) white ash (of charcoal); (surname) I

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Chinese ash (Fraxinus chinensis)

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rowan or mountain ash (genus Sorbus)

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 souji / soji
dark blue; deep green; ash-gray
(n,adj-no,adj-na) (1) blue; (2) green; (3) (abbreviation) green light; (4) black (horse coat color); (prefix) (5) immature; unripe; young; (personal name) Souji
Azure; the heavens; grey, old; azure


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{geol} kora layer; layer formed from volcanic ash on the southern part of the Satsuma Peninsula; (personal name) Gola


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Japanese ash (Fraxinus mandshurica var. japonica); (abbreviation) (kana only) hand net; dip net; scoop net


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dōng guā
    dong1 gua1
tung kua
 tougan; touga / togan; toga
    とうがん; とうが
wax gourd (Cucurbitaceae, Benincasa hispida); white gourd; white hairy melon; Chinese squash
wax gourd (Benincasa hispida); ash gourd; white gourd; winter melon


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jié huī
    jie2 hui1
chieh hui
kalpa-ash, the ashes after the fire kalpa of destruction; ashes remaining after the kalpa-ending conflagration


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dust and ash


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dà shèng
    da4 sheng4
ta sheng
Mahayana, the Great Vehicle; Buddhism based on the Mayahana sutras, as spread to Central Asia, China and beyond; also pr. [Da4 cheng2]
(surname) Oonori
Mahāyāna; also called 上乘; 妙乘; 勝乘; 無上乘; 無上上乘; 不惡乘; 無等乘, 無等等乘; 摩訶衍 The great yāna, wain, or conveyance, or the greater vehicle in comparison with the 小乘 Hīnayāna. It indicates universalism, or Salvation for all, for all are Buddha and will attain bodhi. It is the form of Buddhism prevalent in Tibet, Mongolia, China, Korea, Japan, and in other places in the Far East. It is also called Northern Buddhism. It is interpreted as 大教 the greater teaching as compared with 小教 the smaller, or inferior. Hīnayāna, which is undoubtedly nearer to the original teaching of the Buddha, is unfairly described as an endeavour to seek nirvana through an ash-covered body, an extinguished intellect, and solitariness; its followers are sravakas and pratyekabuddhas (i.e. those who are striving for their own deliverance through ascetic works). Mahāyāna, on the other hand, is described as seeking to find and extend all knowledge, and, in certain schools, to lead all to Buddhahood. It has a conception of an Eternal Buddha, or Buddhahood as Eternal (Adi-Buddha), but its especial doctrines are, inter alia, (a) the bodhisattvas 菩薩 , i.e. beings who deny themselves final Nirvana until, according to their vows, they have first saved all the living; (b) salvation by faith in, or invocation of the Buddhas or bodhisattvas; (c) Paradise as a nirvana of bliss in the company of Buddhas, bodhisattvas, saints, and believers. Hīnayāna is sometimes described as 自利 self-benefiting, and Mahāyāna as 自利利他 self-benefit for the benefit of others, unlimited altruism and pity being the theory of Mahāyāna. There is a further division into one-yana and three-yanas: the trīyāna may be śrāvaka, pratyeka-buddha, and bodhisattva, represented by a goat, deer, or bullock cart; the one-yāna is that represented by the Lotus School as the one doctrine of the Buddha, which had been variously taught by him according to the capacity of his hearers, v. 方便. Though Mahāyāna tendencies are seen in later forms of the older Buddhism, the foundation of Mahāyāna has been attributed to Nāgārjuna 龍樹. "The characteristics of this system are an excess of transcendental speculation tending to abstract nihilism, and the substitution of fanciful degrees of meditation and contemplation (v. Samādhi and Dhyāna) in place of the practical asceticism of the Hīnayāna school."[Eitel 68-9.] Two of its foundation books are the 起信論and the 妙法蓮華經 but a larnge numberof Mahāyāna sutras are ascribed to the Buddha。; great vehicle


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shān lí
    shan1 li2
shan li
rowan or mountain-ash (genus Sorbus)
(1) Yamanashi (city, prefecture); (2) (kana only) wild nashi (Pyrus pyrifolia var. pyrifolia); wild Japanese pear; (place-name, surname) Yamanashi


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 sanshou; sansho; sanshou / sansho; sansho; sansho
    さんしょう; さんしょ; サンショウ
(kana only) Japanese pepper (species of Sichuan pepper, Zanthoxylum piperitum); Japanese prickly ash



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chén shù
    chen2 shu4
ch`en shu
    chen shu
Chinese ash (Fraxinus chinensis)


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huī rén
    hui1 ren2
hui jen
(given name) Kaito
An image of ashes or lime made and worshipped seven times a day by a woman whose marriage is hindered by unpropitious circumstances; ash-man


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(1) ash; (2) (nutritional) mineral content


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ash scoop (tea ceremony)


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ash box (used in tea ceremony)


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huī shā
    hui1 sha1
hui sha
Ascetics who cover themselves with ashes, or burn their flesh; Lit. ash-sand


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huī hé
    hui1 he2
hui ho
A river of lava or fire, reducing all to ashes; ash-river



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huī jìn
    hui1 jin4
hui chin
ash; embers; complete destruction
is burnt to ashes; is burnt to ashes


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(1) gray cat; grey cat; (2) ash-covered cat


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huī bái
    hui1 bai2
hui pai
colored; ash-colored
gray; grey; griseous


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ash strainer


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ash glaze (type of fundamental glaze used in ancient times made from the ashes of raw materials such as unhulled rice, straw, oak and pine)


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(can be adjective with の) ashless; ash-free



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yān huī
    yan1 hui1
yen hui
cigarette ash


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ash tree (Fraxinus mandshurica)

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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
Ashhaihuī / hui1 / hui
Gray Color灰色haiiro / hairohuī sè / hui1 se4 / hui se / huise
Graykaihuī / hui1 / hui

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