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露 is the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja for dew.

Depending on the context in which this character is used, it can also mean: tears; syrup; nectar; outdoors (not under cover); to show; to reveal; to betray; to expose; scanty; bare; unconcealed; naked; public.

露 can be a Chinese surname Lu. 露 can also be the Japanese surname Tsuyuzaki or Tsuyusaki, and the given names Tsuyu or Akira.

Oddly, 露 is sometimes used as an abbreviation for Russia.

In the Buddhist context, 露 also means dew, but can be a symbol of transience. Sometimes used as a metaphor to expose or disclose knowledge and truth.

Life is a Dew Drop

 rén shēng zhāo lù
 jin sei chou ro
Life is a Dew Drop Scroll

人生朝露 is a proverb that means “human life is like morning dew.”

Figuratively, this suggests the ephemeral and precarious nature of human existence.

Also translated as:
Man's life vanishes like a drop of dew.
A person's life is as fleeting as morning dew.
Life is as transient as morning due.

 zhāo lù
Morning Dew Scroll

朝露 means morning dew in Chinese and Japanese.

In the Buddhist context, it figuratively represents the precarious brevity of human life, how ephemeral our life and possessions are, or how one should see human life as transient.

One who is drenched in rain does not fear drops of dew

 bèi yǔ lín guò de rén bù pà lù shuǐ
One who is drenched in rain does not fear drops of dew Scroll

被雨淋過的人不怕露水 is a Chinese proverb that literally translates as “One who has been drenched by the rain is not afraid of dew drops.”

Figuratively, this means:
One who has gone through hardships is not afraid of (minor)setbacks.

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

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dew; syrup; nectar; outdoors (not under cover); to show; to reveal; to betray; to expose
(1) dew; (2) tears; (adverb) (3) (See 露聊かも) (not) a bit; (not) at all; (place-name) Russia
Dew; symbol of transience; to expose, disclose.



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yīn yuán
    yin1 yuan2
yin yüan

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Fate / Opportunity / Chance
chance; opportunity; predestined relationship; (Buddhist) principal and secondary causes; chain of cause and effect
hetupratyaya. Cause; causes; 因 hetu, is primary cause, 緣 pratyaya, secondary cause, or causes, e. g. a seed is 因, rain, dew, farmer, etc., are 緣. The 十二因緣 twelve nidānas or links are 'the concatenation of cause and effect in the whole range of existence'.


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zhāo lù
    zhao1 lu4
chao lu
 asatsuyu; chouro / asatsuyu; choro
    あさつゆ; ちょうろ

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Morning Dew
morning dew; fig. precarious brevity of human life; ephemeral
morning dew
Morning dew, e.g. man's life as transient.


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rén shēng zhāo lù
    ren2 sheng1 zhao1 lu4
jen sheng chao lu
 jinseichouro / jinsechoro

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Life is a Dew Drop
human life as the morning dew (idiom); fig. ephemeral and precarious nature of human existence
(expression) (yoji) man's life vanishes like a dew; a person's life is as fleeting as a morning dew

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heavy dew

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bead; pearl; CL:粒[li4],顆|颗[ke1]
(1) ball; sphere; globe; orb; (2) bead (of sweat, dew, etc.); drop; droplet; (3) ball (in sports); (4) pile (of noodles, etc.); (5) bullet; (6) bulb (i.e. a light bulb); (7) lens (of glasses, etc.); (8) bead (of an abacus); (9) (slang) (abbreviation) ball (i.e. a testicle); (10) gem; jewel (esp. spherical; sometimes used figuratively); pearl; (11) female entertainer (e.g. a geisha); (12) (derogatory term) person (when commenting on their nature); character; (13) item, funds or person used as part of a plot; (n,n-suf) (14) egg; (suffix noun) (15) coin; (16) precious; beautiful; excellent; (female given name) Megumi
mani. A pearl; a bead; synonym for buddha-truth.


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dew under (dripping from) trees; (place-name) Shimotsuyu


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jiǔ yú
    jiu3 yu2
chiu yü
The nine similes: stars, eye-film, lamp, prestidigitation, dew, bubble, dream, lightning, cloud. There is also another group.


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liù yù
    liu4 yu4
liu yü
(personal name) Rokuyu
The six illustrations of unreality Diamond Sutra: a dream, a phantasm, a bubble, a shadow, dew, and lightning. Also 六如.


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liù rú
    liu4 ru2
liu ju
The six 'likes' or comparisons, like a dream, a phantasm, a bubble, a shadow, dew, and lightning, v. 六喩.


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 touro / toro
(rare) frozen dew; white dew


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 yotsuyu; yaro
    よつゆ; やろ
evening dew; night dew


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tiān shí
    tian1 shi2
t`ien shih
    tien shih
sudhā, food of the gods sweet dew, ambrosia, nectar; blue, yellow, red, and white in colour, white for the higher ranks, the other colours for the lower.


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(transitive verb) (1) to house; to contain; to harbour (a feeling); to hold (e.g. dew on leaves); (transitive verb) (2) to carry (a baby); to be pregnant; (transitive verb) (3) (archaism) to give lodging to; to accommodate


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hán lù
    han2 lu4
han lu
Hanlu or Cold Dew, 17th of the 24 solar terms 二十四節氣|二十四节气 8th-22nd October
(1) late-autumn or early-winter dew; (2) (See 二十四節気) "cold dew" solar term (approx. October 8)


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chén lù
    chen2 lu4
ch`en lu
    chen lu
morning dew



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pán gài
    pan2 gai4
p`an kai
    pan kai
dew receivers


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 mizujimo; mizushimo
    みずじも; みずしも
(1) frozen dew (in late autumn); (2) (See 羊水) waters (i.e. amniotic fluid discharged shortly before birth)


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jī làng
    ji1 lang4
chi lang
 gekirou / gekiro
Mountain Dew
raging sea


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yù lù
    yu4 lu4
yü lu
gyokuro (shaded Japanese green tea); (old) early-morning autumn dew; fine liquor
(1) (See 煎茶・2,番茶) high-quality green tea; (2) (orig. meaning) jewel-like dewdrop


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gān lòu
    gan1 lou4
kan lou
(noun or adjectival noun) nectar; sweetness; (surname, female given name) Kanro
阿密哩多 (or 啞密哩多) (or 啞密哩達) amṛta, sweet dew, ambrosia, the nectar of immortality; tr. by 天酒 deva-wine, the nectar of the gods. Four kinds of ambrosia are mentioned— green, yellow, red, and white, all coming from 'edible trees' and known as 蘇陀 sudhā, or 蘇摩 soma.


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bái lù
    bai2 lu4
pai lu
Bailu or White Dew, 15th of the 24 solar terms 二十四節氣|二十四节气 8th-22nd September
(1) glistening dew; (2) (はくろ only) (See 二十四節気) "white dew" solar term (approx. September 8); (female given name) Hakuro



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pán gài
    pan2 gai4
p`an kai
    pan kai
dew receivers


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(n,vs,vi) condensation; formation of dew


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ephemeral nature of the human world; transience of life; dew on onion leaves (i.e. tears that mourn a death)



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lún gài
    lun2 gai4
lun kai
dew receivers


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 bouro / boro
dew prevention; preventing condensation


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yǔ lù
    yu3 lu4
yü lu
 uro; ametsuyu; amatsuyu(ik)
    うろ; あめつゆ; あまつゆ(ik)
rain and dew; (fig.) favor; grace
rain and dew


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 reiro / rero
dripping dew


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shuāng lù
    shuang1 lu4
shuang lu
 souro / soro
frost and dew; fig. difficult conditions
(1) (rare) frost and dew; (2) (rare) something fleeting; something transient; something short-lived
frost and dew

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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
Dewrolòu / lou4 / lou
Life is a Dew Drop人生朝露jin sei chou ro
jin sei cho ro
rén shēng zhāo lù
ren2 sheng1 zhao1 lu4
ren sheng zhao lu
jen sheng chao lu
Morning Dew朝露asatsuyuzhāo lù / zhao1 lu4 / zhao lu / zhaoluchao lu / chaolu
One who is drenched in rain does not fear drops of dew被雨淋過的人不怕露水
bèi yǔ lín guò de rén bù pà lù shuǐ
bei4 yu3 lin2 guo4 de ren2 bu4 pa4 lu4 shui3
bei yu lin guo de ren bu pa lu shui
pei yü lin kuo te jen pu p`a lu shui
pei yü lin kuo te jen pu pa lu shui
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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