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Chicken in Chinese / Japanese...

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Rooster / Chicken

Year of the Rooster / Zodiac Sign
Rooster / Chicken Scroll

鷄 or 雞 is the character for rooster or chicken in Chinese, old Korean, and Japanese.

If you were born in the year of the rooster (chicken), you . . .

Have a unique sense of color.
Are high principled and responsible.
Have persuasive power.
Are honest.
Have a great ability to communicate.

Common Chinese chicken Alternate Chinese chicken #1 Alternate Chinese chicken #2

Please note: There are a few different ways to write rooster / chicken as shown to the right. If you are particular about the form, please let us know when you place your order.

See also our Chinese Zodiac page.

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

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
鷄 or 雞
鸡 or 鶏
niwatorijī / ji1 / jichi
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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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition

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niǎo / niao3
 yanadori / やなどり
Rooster / Chicken Scroll
bird; CL:隻|只[zhi1],群[qun2]; (dialect) to pay attention to; (intensifier) damned; goddam
(1) bird; (2) bird meat (esp. chicken meat); fowl; poultry; (surname) Yanadori
A bird; a bird

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qiào / qiao4
ch`iao / chiao
 gara / がら
variant of 殼|壳[qiao4]
(n,n-pref) (1) (kana only) (See 鶏がら) chicken bones (e.g. for soup); chicken carcass; (2) (kana only) poor-quality coke (coal); (suffix) (3) (kana only) left-overs; remnants

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qín / qin2
ch`in / chin
 kin / とり
generic term for birds and animals; birds; to capture (old)
(1) bird; (2) bird meat (esp. chicken meat); fowl; poultry

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/ ji1
fowl; chicken; CL:隻|只[zhi1]; (slang) prostitute
kukkuṭa, a cock, fowl, chicken, hen; translit. ku, ke, go.

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/ ji1
 niwatori(p);tori;kake(ok);kutakake(ok);niwatori / にわとり(P);とり;かけ(ok);くたかけ(ok);ニワトリ
Japanese variant of 雞|鸡
(1) chicken (Gallus gallus domesticus); domestic chicken; (2) (See 鶏肉・1) chicken meat


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 zuri / ずり (1) shear (wind, fluids); (2) (colloquialism) (abbreviation) (See 砂ずり・すなずり・4) chicken gizzard


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 sanchou / sancho / さんちょう (1) {food} chicken, goose and pheasant; (2) (archaism) (orig. meaning) cuckoo, Japanese bush warbler and wagtail


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liù chù / liu4 chu4
liu ch`u / liu chu
six domestic animals, namely: pig, cow, sheep, horse, chicken and dog
The six animals likened to the six organs 六根, v. 六衆生.



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tǔ jī / tu3 ji1
t`u chi / tu chi
free-range chicken


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 jidori / じどり    jitori / じとり (1) nationally protected chicken breed; free-range local traditional pedigree chicken; chicken meat from same; (2) locally raised chicken


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 jidori / じどり    jitori / じとり nationally protected chicken breed; free-range local traditional pedigree chicken; chicken meat from same


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 yosenabe / よせなべ (irregular okurigana usage) pot of chicken or seafood, and vegetables in a dashi broth, usu. cooked at the table (traditionally a winter meal); seafood and vegetable stew or chowder


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 haikei / haike / はいけい culled chicken; spent hen


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 seikei / seke / せいけい adult chicken; mature fowl


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 teba / てば chicken wing


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 tsukune / つくね chicken or fish meatloaf made with egg



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chái jī / chai2 ji1
ch`ai chi / chai chi
a variety of free-range chicken, small with furless legs, laying smaller eggs


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 shouniku / shoniku / しょうにく meat (esp. chicken) without bones, skin or excess fat


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 mizudaki / みずだき    mizutaki / みずたき (irregular okurigana usage) (food term) food (esp. chicken and vegetables) boiled in plain water (or sometimes dashi, etc.) and served with dipping sauce (esp. ponzu)


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shuǐ dòu / shui3 dou4
shui tou
 suitou / suito / すいとう
chickenpox; Varicella zoster (med.)
(See 水疱瘡) chickenpox; chicken pox



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yóu jī / you2 ji1
yu chi
a variety of chicken



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zhá jī / zha2 ji1
cha chi
fried chicken



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wū jī / wu1 ji1
wu chi
black-boned chicken; silky fowl; silkie; Gallus gallus domesticus Brisson



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kǎo jī / kao3 ji1
k`ao chi / kao chi
roast chicken


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 yakitori / やきとり yakitori; chicken pieces (or sometimes beef or pork offal) grilled on a skewer


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 hashitagane / はしたがね odd money; loose change; small (paltry) sum (of money); chicken feed; (mere) pittance



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bèn jī / ben4 ji1
pen chi
free-range chicken


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 sasami / ささみ (kana only) chicken tender; chicken tenderloin



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sù jī / su4 ji1
su chi
vegetarian chicken, a soybean product



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ròu jī / rou4 ji1
jou chi
chicken raised for meat; broiler; (computing) zombie; infected computer in a botnet

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