Buffalo in Chinese / Japanese...

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Ox / Bull / Cow

Year of the Ox / Bull - Zodiac Sign

Ox  /  Bull / Cow Scroll

牛 is the character for bull, cow, ox, or bovine creature in Chinese, old Korean, and Japanese.

If you were born in the year of the ox/bull/cow, you . . .

Are dedicated to your work.
Are discrete, careful and conscientious.
Value work and family.

Note that in this Chinese character, there is no distinction between bull and cow. All bovine creatures fit into the definition of this character. To distinguish between male and female, another sex-designating character is added in front of this character. Therefore, in China, the energy drink “Red Bull” (Hong Niu) is often translated in the minds of Chinese people as “Red Cow” or even “Red Ox.”

See also our Chinese Zodiac page.

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition

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animal cited in ancient texts, resembling a buffalo (some say rhinoceros or female rhinoceros)


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 gogyuu / gogyu
(rare) (See 水牛) water buffalo


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yè mó
    ye4 mo2
yeh mo
Yama, 'originally the Aryan god of the dead, living in a heaven above the world, the regent of the South; but Brahminism transferred his abode to hell. Both views have been retained by Buddhism.' Eitel. Yama in Indian mythology is ruler over the dead and judge in the hells, is 'grim in aspect, green in colour, clothed in red, riding on a buffalo, and holding a club in one hand and noose in the other': he has two four-eyed watch-dogs. M. W. The usual form is 閻摩 q. v; (Skt. yama)


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shuǐ niú
    shui3 niu2
shui niu
 zungyou / zungyo
water buffalo
(1) water buffalo (Bubalus bubalis); domestic Asian water buffalo; (2) wild water buffalo (Bubalus arnee); Asian water buffalo; (place-name) Zungyou


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yě niú
    ye3 niu2
yeh niu
 yagiyuu / yagiyu
buffalo; (surname) Yagiyuu


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anoa (either of two small African water buffalo of genus Bubalus)



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bù fǎ luó
    bu4 fa3 luo2
pu fa lo
Buffalo, New York state


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 kokujinhei / kokujinhe
black (i.e. African-American) soldier; buffalo soldier


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 indosuigyuu / indosuigyu
Indian buffalo


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 suigyuu / suigyu
(1) water buffalo (Bubalus bubalis); domestic Asian water buffalo; (2) wild water buffalo (Bubalus arnee); Asian water buffalo


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 afurikasuigyuu; afurikasuigyuu / afurikasuigyu; afurikasuigyu
    アフリカすいぎゅう; アフリカスイギュウ
(kana only) African buffalo (Syncerus caffer); Cape buffalo


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 amerikayagyuu; amerikayagyuu / amerikayagyu; amerikayagyu
    アメリカやぎゅう; アメリカヤギュウ
(kana only) (See アメリカバイソン) American bison (Bison bison); buffalo


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buffalo; (place-name) Buffalo


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 amerikayagyuu / amerikayagyu
(kana only) American bison (Bison bison); buffalo


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 afurikasuigyuu / afurikasuigyu
(kana only) African buffalo (Syncerus caffer); Cape buffalo


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 bafarooheddokyuuryou / bafarooheddokyuryo
(place-name) Buffalo Head Hills


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 udobaffarookokuritsukouen / udobaffarookokuritsukoen
(place-name) Wood Buffalo National Park


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(person) William "Buffalo Bill" Cody

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

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
ushiniú / niu2 / niu

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A professional Chinese Calligrapher

Professional calligraphers are getting to be hard to find these days.
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.

There is some fear that true Chinese calligraphy may become a lost art in the coming years. Many art institutes in China are now promoting calligraphy programs in hopes of keeping this unique form of art alive.

Trying to learn Chinese calligrapher - a futile effort

Even with the teachings of a top-ranked calligrapher in China, my calligraphy will never be good enough to sell. I will leave that to the experts.

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

The same calligrapher who gave me those lessons also attracted a crowd of thousands and a TV crew as he created characters over 6-feet high. He happens to be ranked as one of the top 100 calligraphers in all of China. He is also one of very few that would actually attempt such a feat.

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