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代 is the word used to designate dynasties in Asia.

代 alone can mean generation; age; period; historical era; eon; world; society; reign; era. 代 comes after the name of the dynasty, for example, the Tang Dynasty is the “Tang Dai” in Chinese.

Some have suggested that the word dynasty comes from the Chinese word “dai” (as “dai” sounds like the first syllable of a dynasty). However, the word dynasty is derived from the Greek word δυναστεία (dunasteia) meaning lordship and/or domination.

Sometimes this word is used in a different context where it can mean to represent or substitute. In this case, it can mean representative of; on behalf of; acting for, e.g. to offer incense in place of another.

In ancient Japan, this could also be a “shiro” (a unit of land area equal to one-fiftieth of a tan or about 20 square miles).

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to substitute; to act on behalf of others; to replace; generation; dynasty; age; period; (historical) era; (geological) eon
(n,n-suf) (1) charge; cost; price; (n,n-suf) (2) generation; age; (school) year; cohort; reign; (n,n-suf) (3) {geol} era; (n,n-suf) (4) (after someone's name or title) a representative of; on behalf of; for (someone); (n,n-suf) (5) (used after a phone number) (See 代表電話番号) switchboard number; (counter) (6) counter for decades of ages, eras, etc.; (counter) (7) counter for generations (of inheritors to a throne, etc.); (counter) (8) (abbreviation) (See 代理申請会社) proxy application company; (9) (abbreviation) (used in dictionaries, etc.) (See 代名詞・1) pronoun; (surname) Daisaki
Instead of, in place of, acting for, for; e. g. 代香 to offer incense in place of another; a generation, v. 世代.

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 shuu / shu

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Chow / Zhou
to make a circuit; to circle; circle; circumference; lap; cycle; complete; all; all over; thorough; to help financially
(counter) (1) counter for laps or circuits; (2) {math} perimeter; (3) (hist) Zhou dynasty (of China; approx. 1046-256 BCE); Chou dynasty; (female given name) Meguru
Around, on every side, complete.

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 tou / to

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to exaggerate; empty; in vain; old variant of 螗[tang2]
(1) (hist) Tang dynasty (of China; 618-907); T'ang dynasty; (2) (archaism) China; foreign country; (surname) Touzaki
for nothing

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Journey / Travel
trip; travel; to travel; brigade (army)
(hist) 500-man battalion (Zhou dynasty Chinese army); (surname) Taya

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 mei / me

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Light / Bright
bright; opposite: dark 暗[an4]; (of meaning) clear; to understand; next; public or open; wise; generic term for a sacrifice to the gods
(1) (ant: 暗) brightness; (2) discernment; insight; an eye (for); (3) (See 明を失う) eyesight; vision; (prefix) (4) (abbreviation) (See 明治) nth year in the Meiji era (1868.9.8-1912.7.30); (surname) Meishuu
vidyā, knowledge. ming means bright, clear, enlightenment, intp. by 智慧 or 聰明 wisdom, wise; to understand. It represents Buddha-wisdom and its revelation; also the manifestation of a Buddha's light or effulgence; it is a term for 眞言 because the 'true word' can destroy the obscurity of illusion; the 'manifestation' of the power of the object of worship; it means also dhāraṇīs or mantras of mystic wisdom. Also, the Ming dynasty A. D. 1368-1644.

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safe; peaceful; most; grand
(kana only) Thailand; (given name) Yutaka
The Ch'in state and dynasty 255-205 B. C.; Prosperous, exalted; many.

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(of water etc) clear; clean; quiet; still; pure; uncorrupted; clear; distinct; to clear; to settle (accounts)
(hist) Qing dynasty (of China; 1644-1912); Ch'ing dynasty; Manchu dynasty; (personal name) Seiji

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 shin; hatashin
    しん; はたしん

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Qin / Chin / Tan / Yasushi
surname Qin; Qin dynasty (221-207 BC) of the first emperor 秦始皇[Qin2 Shi3huang2]; short name for 陝西|陕西[Shan3xi1]
(hist) Qin dynasty (of China; 221-207 BCE); Ch'in dynasty; (surname) Yasushi
a fine strain of rice

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surname Guo; Guo, a kinship group whose members held dukedoms within the Zhou Dynasty realm, including Western Guo 西虢國|西虢国[Xi1 Guo2guo2] and Eastern Guo 東虢國|东虢国[Dong1 Guo2guo2]

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Gold / Metal
gold; chemical element Au; generic term for lustrous and ductile metals; money; golden; highly respected; one of the eight categories of ancient musical instruments 八音[ba1 yin1]
(1) gold (metal); (2) (See 金色) gold (color); (3) gold (medal); first place (prize); (noun - becomes adjective with の) (4) something of great value; something golden (e.g. silence); (5) money; gold coin; (6) (written before an amount of money) sum (of money); (7) (abbreviation) (See 金曜) Friday; (n,ctr) (8) karat (measure of purity of gold); carat; (9) (See 五行・1) metal (fourth phase of Wu Xing); (10) (hist) Jin dynasty (of China; 1115-1234); Chin dynasty; Jurchen dynasty; (11) (abbreviation) {shogi} (See 金将) gold general; (12) (abbreviation) (colloquialism) (See 金玉) testicles; (surname) Kimu; Kim
hiraṇya, 伊爛拏 which means cold, any precious metal, semen, etc.; or 蘇伐刺 suvarṇa, which means "of a good or beautiful colour", "golden", "yellow", "gold", "a gold coin", etc. The Chinese means metal, gold, money.

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to lay out; to exhibit; to display; to narrate; to state; to explain; to tell; old; stale
(1) (hist) Chen (ancient Chinese state; approx. 1045-479 BCE); Ch'en; (2) (hist) Chen dynasty (of China; 557-589 BCE); Ch'en dynasty; (surname) Tran
Arrange, marshal, spread, state; old, stale.



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liú bèi
    liu2 bei4
liu pei
 ryuubi / ryubi

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Liu Bei
Liu Bei (161-223), warlord at the end of the Han dynasty and founder of the Han kingdom of Shu 蜀漢|蜀汉 (c. 200-263), later the Shu Han dynasty
(person) Liu Bei (161-223)


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yìn dù
    yin4 du4
yin tu

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(ateji / phonetic) (kana only) India; (place-name) India
印特伽; 身毒; 賢豆; 天竺 Indu (meaning 'moon' in Sanskrit), Hindu, Sindhu; see also 信度 and 閻浮 India in general. In the Tang dynasty its territory is described as extending over 90, 000 li in circuit, being bounded on three sides by the sea; north it rested on the Snow mountains 雪山, i. e. Himālayas; wide at the north, narrowing to the south, shaped like a half-moon; it contained over seventy kingdoms, was extremely hot, well watered and damp; from the centre eastwards to 震旦 China was 58, 000 li; and the same distance southwards to 金地國, westwards to 阿拘遮國, and northwards to 小香山阿耨達.


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sī tú
    si1 tu2
ssu t`u
    ssu tu

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minister of land and people (in ancient times)
(hist) (See 六卿) Minister of Civil Administration and Social Welfare (Zhou dynasty China)



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sī mǎ
    si1 ma3
ssu ma

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Minister of War (official title in pre-Han Chinese states); two-character surname Sima
(hist) (See 六卿) Minister of War (Zhou dynasty China); (given name) Shime



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qǐ méng
    qi3 meng2
ch`i meng
    chi meng

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to instruct the young; to initiate; to awake sb from ignorance; to free sb from prejudice or superstition; primer; enlightened; the Enlightenment; Western learning from the late Qing dynasty


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ān xī
    an1 xi1
an hsi

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Sleep / Rest / Repose
to rest; to go to sleep; to rest in peace; Parthia (ancient country in central Asia)
(n,vs,vi) rest; repose
(安息國) Parthia, 波斯 modern Persia, from which several monks came to China in the later Han dynasty, such as 安世高 An Shigao, 安玄 Anxuan, 曇無諦 Tan Wudi, 安法欽 An Faqin, 安淸 Anqing.; To rest.



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yuè fēi
    yue4 fei1
yüeh fei

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Yue Fei
Yue Fei (1103-1142), Song dynasty patriot and general
(personal name) Gakuhi


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bān gù
    ban1 gu4
pan ku

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Ban Gu (32-92), Eastern Han dynasty historian, wrote the Dynastic History of Western Han 漢書|汉书
(surname) Hanko


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lǎo zi
    lao3 zi5
lao tzu
 roushi / roshi

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Lao Tzu / Laozi
father; daddy; "I, your father" (in anger, or out of contempt); I (used arrogantly or jocularly)
Laozi; Lao Tzu; Lao Tse; (person) Laozi (semi-legendary Chinese philosopher and deity); Lao Tzu; Lao Tse
Laozi, or Laocius, the accepted founder of the Daoists. The theory that his soul went to India and was reborn as the Buddha is found in the 齊書 History of the Qi dynasty 顧歡傳.



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huà tuó
    hua4 tuo2
hua t`o
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Hua Tuo
Hua Tuo (?-208), famous doctor at the end of Han Dynasty
(personal name) Kada



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hán guó
    han2 guo2
han kuo
South Korea (Republic of Korea); Han, one of the Seven Hero States of the Warring States 戰國七雄|战国七雄[zhan4 guo2 qi1 xiong2]; Korea from the fall of the Joseon dynasty in 1897
(personal name) Kankoku



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wèi zhēng
    wei4 zheng1
wei cheng

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Wei Zheng
Wei Zheng (580-643), Tang politician and historian, notorious as a critic, editor of History of the Sui Dynasty 隋書|隋书



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jìng tǔ zōng
    jing4 tu3 zong1
ching t`u tsung
    ching tu tsung
 Jōdo Shū
Pure Land Buddhism
The Pure-land sect, whose chief tenet is salvation by faith in Amitābha; it is the popular cult in China, also in Japan, where it is the Jōdo sect; it is also called 蓮宗(蓮花宗) the Lotus sect. Established by Hui-yuan 慧遠 of the Chin dynasty (317— 419), it claims P'u-hsien 普賢 Samantabhadra as founder. Its seven chief textbooks are 無量淸淨平等覺經; 大阿彌陀經; 無量壽經; 觀無量壽經; 阿彌陀經; 稱讚淨土佛攝受經; and 鼓音聲三陀羅尼經. The淨土眞宗 is the Jōdo-Shin, or Shin sect of Japan.



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pú tí shù
    pu2 ti2 shu4
p`u t`i shu
    pu ti shu
 bodaiju; bodaiju
    ぼだいじゅ; ボダイジュ
pipal tree (Ficus religiosa); bo fig tree; Bodhi tree (sacred to Buddhism and Hinduism)
(1) Tilia miqueliana (species of linden tree); (2) (See インドボダイジュ) sacred fig (Ficus religiosa); bodhi tree; bo tree; peepal tree; pipal tree; (given name) Bodaiju
bodhidruma, bodhitaru, bodhivṛkṣa; the wisdom-tree, i.e. that under which Śākyamuni attained his enlightenment, and became Buddha. The Ficus religiosa is the pippala, or aśvattha, wrongly identified by Faxian as the palm-tree; it is described as an evergreen, to have been 400 feet high, been cut down several times, but in the Tang dynasty still to be 40 or 50 feet high. A branch of it is said to have been sent by Aśoka to Ceylon, from which sprang the celebrated Bo-tree still flourishing there.



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xī yóu jì
    xi1 you2 ji4
hsi yu chi
 saiyuuki; seiyuuki / saiyuki; seyuki
    さいゆうき; せいゆうき

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Journey to the West
"Journey to the West", Ming dynasty novel by Wu Cheng'en 吳承恩|吴承恩[Wu2 Cheng2 en1], one of the Four Classic Novels of Chinese literature, also called "Pilgrimage to the West" or "Monkey"
(1) (work) Journey to the West (classic of Chinese literature); (2) (work) Alakazam the Great (1960 animated film); (3) (work) Monkey (1978-1980 TV series); Monkey Magic; (4) (work) Saiyūki (2006 TV series); (wk) Journey to the West (classic of Chinese literature); (wk) Alakazam the Great (1960 animated film); (wk) Monkey (1978-1980 TV series); Monkey Magic; (wk) Saiyūki (2006 TV series)

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 you / yo
wooden figures buried with the dead
(hist) (See 俑を作る) terra-cotta figure (in Qin dynasty tombs in China)

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variant of 偽|伪[wei3]
False, counterfeit, forged. False or forged sūtras which were produced after the Wei dynasty; catalogues of these forged sūtras are given in various books.

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currency unit (esp. Chinese yuan); (bound form) first; original; primary; (bound form) basic; fundamental; (bound form) constituent; part; (prefix) meta-; (math.) argument; variable; era (of a reign); (Tw) (geology) eon
(kana only) (See 元・げん・3) yuan (monetary unit of China) (chi: yuán); (given name) Motoyasu
Beginning, first, original, head; dollar; Mongol (dynasty).

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