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蝠 is the simplest way to write bat in Chinese and old Korean Hanja.

This also means bat in Japanese but is almost never written alone like this (it's often part of other titles for vampire bats or fruit bats).

In Chinese culture, the bat is a good luck charm, as the pronunciation is very similar to the word for "good luck" or "good fortune". The character for bat even looks like the good luck character.

Five Red Bats

hóng wǔ fú
Five Red Bats Scroll

紅五蝠 is a play on words in Chinese because of some homophones.

The first thing you need to know is that the word for bat, 蝠, sounds exactly like the word for good fortune, 福. Thus, bats are often associated with good luck and good fortune in Chinese culture.

Five bats (五福 / 五蝠) means "five fortunes" referring to luck, prosperity, wealth, happiness, and longevity.

The word red, 红, has the same sound as 宏 meaning vast, great, or magnificent. Therefore, a red bat means "vast fortune".

Altogether, five red bats represent vast reaches of the five fortunes.

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

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to beat; to strike; to hit; to break; to type; to mix up; to build; to fight; to fetch; to make; to tie up; to issue; to shoot; to calculate; to play (a game); since; from
(n,ctr) {sports} hitting a ball (with a bat, golf club, etc.); batting; stroke
To beat, strike, make, do; used for many kinds of such action; to strike

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board; plank; plate; shutter; table tennis bat; clappers (music); CL:塊|块[kuai4]; accented beat in Chinese music; hard; stiff; to stop smiling or look serious
(1) board; plank; (2) sheet (of metal); plate (of glass); pane; slab; (3) (See 俎板) cutting board; chopping board; (4) (abbreviation) (usu. as 板さん) (See 板前・1,板場・いたば・2) chef (esp. of high-end Japanese cuisine); cook; (5) stage (i.e. at a theatre); (personal name) Ban
A board; a board struck for calling e. g. to meals.

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bat; also pr. [bian3]
The bat; the bat


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(archaism) (See こうもり・1) bat (animal)


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pleasant sound; crack (of a baseball bat); roar (of a motor); (female given name) Kaine


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dǎ xí
    da3 xi2
ta hsi
(baseball) plate appearance (PA)
{baseb} batter's box; one's turn at bat


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{sports} feel of a club, bat or racket when hitting a ball


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 dasuu / dasu
{baseb} times at bat


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dǎ qiú
    da3 qiu2
ta ch`iu
    ta chiu
 dakyuu / dakyu
to play ball; to play with a ball
{sports} hitting (a ball with a bat, racket, golf club, etc.); batting; batted ball; struck ball



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jī qiú
    ji1 qiu2
chi ch`iu
    chi chiu
to bat; to hit a ball (sport)


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(1) (kana only) aphid; plant louse; (2) (ksb:) cockroach; (3) (obscure) Japanese house bat (Pipistrellus abramus); (4) hanger-on; parasite; (5) (archaism) visitor to a red-light district who's only there to look


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hú fú
    hu2 fu2
hu fu
flying fox; fruit bat (Pteroptidae)


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qiú gùn
    qiu2 gun4
ch`iu kun
    chiu kun
(sport) club; bat


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qiú bàng
    qiu2 bang4
ch`iu pang
    chiu pang
baseball bat; cricket bat


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 matataku(p); mabataku; madataku
    またたく(P); まばたく; まだたく
(v5k,vi) (1) to twinkle (e.g. stars); to flicker; to waver; (v5k,vi) (2) (またたく is sometimes used transitively) to blink (one's eyes); to wink; to bat


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 kusobabaa / kusobaba
(kana only) (derogatory term) old woman; old bat


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biān fú
    bian1 fu2
pien fu
 koumori; kawahori(ok); henpuku(ok); koumori / komori; kawahori(ok); henpuku(ok); komori
    こうもり; かわほり(ok); へんぷく(ok); コウモリ
(1) (kana only) bat (Chiroptera spp.); (2) (abbreviation) (See 蝙蝠傘) umbrella; (3) (derogatory term) opportunist; turncoat; (place-name) Koumori



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fēi shǔ
    fei1 shu3
fei shu
flying squirrel; (dialect) bat
(obscure) (See こうもり・1) bat (animal)



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niǎo shǔ
    niao3 shu3
niao shu
(surname) Tone
a bat; a bat


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{sports} bat (in baseball, cricket, etc.)


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 usagikoumori; usagikoumori / usagikomori; usagikomori
    うさぎこうもり; ウサギコウモリ
(kana only) brown long-eared bat (Plecotus auritus); common long-eared bat; brown big-eared bat


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(1) (See 左打ち・1) hitting right-handed (with a racket, bat, etc.); (2) {baseb} (See 左打ち・2) hitting to right (field)


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(adj-na,adj-no) (1) somewhat large; of a larger size; on the large size; (noun/participle) (2) large swing (bat, racquet, etc.); long sweeping stroke


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(adj-na,adj-no) (1) somewhat large; of a larger size; on the large size; (noun/participle) (2) large swing (bat, racquet, etc.); long sweeping stroke


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 oomimigitsune; oomimigitsune
    おおみみぎつね; オオミミギツネ
(kana only) bat-eared fox (Otocyon megalotis)


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 ookoumori; ookoumori / ookomori; ookomori
    おおこうもり; オオコウモリ
(kana only) fruit bat (Pteropodidae spp.); flying fox; megabat


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 iekoumori; iekoumori / iekomori; iekomori
    いえこうもり; イエコウモリ
(kana only) (See 油蝙蝠) Japanese house bat (Pipistrellus abramus)


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(adj-na,adj-no) (1) smallish; on the small side; somewhat small; undersized; small size; (noun/participle) (2) short swing of a bat, racquet, etc.


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(adj-na,adj-no) (1) smallish; on the small side; somewhat small; undersized; small size; (noun/participle) (2) short swing of a bat, racquet, etc.

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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersVarious forms of Romanized Chinese
Batfú / fu2 / fu
Five Red Bats紅五蝠
hóng wǔ fú
hong2 wu3 fu2
hong wu fu
hung wu fu
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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A professional Chinese Calligrapher

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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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