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Bat in Chinese / Japanese...

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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

China hóng wǔ fú
Five Red Bats Vertical Wall 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

Simple Dictionary Definition

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Mandarin/ fu2
Taiwan fu
Five Red Bats Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese bat

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Mandarin bǎn / ban3
Taiwan pan
Japanese ita / いた
Chinese 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
Japanese (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; (personal name) Itabana; (personal name) Itahana; (surname) Ita
A board; a board struck for calling e. g. to meals.

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Mandarin biān / bian1
Taiwan pien
Japanese hen
Chinese bat; also pr. [bian3]
The bat.


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Japanese tenso / てんそ Japanese (archaism) (See こうもり・1) bat (animal)


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Japanese kaion / かいおん Japanese pleasant sound; crack (of a baseball bat); roar (of a motor); (female given name) Kaine; (female given name) Kaito; (personal name) Kaion


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Japanese daseki / だせき Japanese {baseb} batter's box; one's turn at bat


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Japanese dasuu / dasu / だすう Japanese {baseb} times at bat



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


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Japanese aburamushi / あぶらむし Japanese (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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Mandarin hú fú / hu2 fu2
Taiwan hu fu
Chinese flying fox; fruit bat (Pteroptidae)


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Mandarin qiú gùn / qiu2 gun4
Taiwan ch`iu kun / chiu kun
Chinese (sport) club; bat


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Mandarin qiú bàng / qiu2 bang4
Taiwan ch`iu pang / chiu pang
Chinese baseball bat; cricket bat


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


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Japanese kusobabaa / kusobaba / くそばばあ Japanese (kana only) (derogatory term) old woman; old bat


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Mandarin biān fú / bian1 fu2
Taiwan pien fu
Japanese 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
Chinese bat
Japanese (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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Mandarin fēi shǔ / fei1 shu3
Taiwan fei shu
Japanese hiso / ひそ
Chinese flying squirrel; (dialect) bat
Japanese (See こうもり・1) bat (animal)


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Japanese batto / バット Japanese (1) bat (in baseball, cricket, etc.); (2) (obscure) (See 蝙蝠・1) bat (animal); (3) vat; tray


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


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


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


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


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Japanese koburi / こぶり Japanese (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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Japanese koburi / こぶり Japanese (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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Japanese shibadataku / しばだたく    shibatataku / しばたたく Japanese (transitive verb) to blink (one's eyes); to wink; to bat


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Japanese kougekigawa / kogekigawa / こうげきがわ Japanese offensive camp; team at bat


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Japanese aburakoumori;aburakoumori / aburakomori;aburakomori / あぶらこうもり;アブラコウモリ Japanese (kana only) Japanese pipistrelle (Pipistrellus abramus); Japanese house bat


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Japanese metataku / めたたく Japanese (v4k,vi) (archaism) to blink (one's eyes); to wink; to bat


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Japanese kusobabaa / kusobaba / くそばばあ Japanese (kana only) (derogatory term) old woman; old bat

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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
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