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First Born Son

zhǎng nán
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長男 is a Chinese, old Korean Hanja, and Japanese Kanji title for eldest son (may be the only son), first born son.

This can also be the Japanese personal name "Nobuo".

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zhǎng nán
    zhang3 nan2
chang nan
 chounan / chonan
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eldest son
eldest son (may be the only son); first-born son; (personal name) Nobuo


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boy; eldest son; (personal name) Hatsuo


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 hakkei / hakke
the eldest son


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eldest son's descendants


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 chakuryuu / chakuryu
lineage of eldest son


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heir; eldest son


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zūn zǐ
    zun1 zi3
tsun tzu
(female given name) Takako
the eldest son; the eldest son



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zhì jī
    zhi4 ji1
chih chi
(place-name) Chishaku
Jñānākara. Accumulation of knowledge. Eldest son of Mahābhijñā; also said to be Akṣobhya. Prajñākūṭa. A Bodhisattva in the retinue of Prabhūtratna, v. Lotus Sūtra; accumulate wisdom


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yǒu yì
    you3 yi4
yu i
 yuui / yui
to intend; intentionally; interested in
(adj-na,adj-no,n) (1) significant; meaningful; (adj-no,adj-na,n) (2) intentional; volitional
mati; matimant; possessing mind, intelligent; a tr. of manuṣya, man, a rational being. The name of the eldest son of Candra-sūrya-pradīpa.


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(1) (archaism) eldest son; (2) (archaism) older brother; older sister; (3) (archaism) older person; (4) (archaism) head of a clan; head of a region; (5) (archaism) skilled craftsman; (archaism) head of a clan; (personal name) Ujinokami



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jìng zàng
    jing4 zang4
ching tsang
 jō zō
Vimalagarbha, eldest son of Śubhavyūha in the Lotus Sutra.


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zhòu zǐ
    zhou4 zi3
chou tzu
eldest son



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nà zhà
    na4 zha4
na cha
Naṭa, said to be the eldest son of Vaiśravaṇa, and represented with three faces, eight arms, a powerful demon-king.



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zhǎng zǐ
    zhang3 zi3
chang tzu
 choushi; eko(ok) / choshi; eko(ok)
    ちょうし; えこ(ok)
eldest son
(1) (ちょうし only) (See 末子・ばっし) eldest child; oldest child; first child; (2) eldest son; oldest son; (female given name) Hisako



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zhǎng sūn
    zhang3 sun1
chang sun
eldest grandson; the eldest son of one's eldest son


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ā chù
    a1 chu4
a ch`u
    a chu
Akṣobhya, 阿閦鞞; 阿閦婆; 阿芻閦耶 unmoved, imperturbable; tr. 不動; 無動 also 無怒; 無瞋恚 free from anger, according to his Buddha-vow. One of the Five Buddhas, his realm Abhirata, Delightful, now being in the east, as Amitābha's is in the west. He is represented in the Lotus as the eldest son of Mahābhijñābhibhū 大通智勝, and was the Bodhisattva ? jñānākara 智積 before he became Buddha; he has other appearances. akṣobhya is also said to mean 100 vivara s, or 1 followed by 17 ciphers, and a 大通智勝 is ten times that figure.


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(1) (Izu Oshima dialect) daughter; young lady; (2) (thb:) (hob:) young man; eldest son; (3) (prison slang) (See 女役・3) passive role in a male homosexual relationship; (female given name) Anko


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bó yì kǎo
    bo2 yi4 kao3
po i k`ao
    po i kao
Bo Yikao, eldest son of King Wen of Zhou 周文王[Zhou1 Wen2 wang2] and the elder brother of King Wu 周武王[Zhou1 Wu3 wang2] who was the founder of the Zhou Dynasty 周朝[Zhou1 chao2] of ancient China



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kāng sēng kǎi
    kang1 seng1 kai3
k`ang seng k`ai
    kang seng kai
or 康僧會 Saṅghavarman, also said to be Saṅghapāla; an Indian monk supposed to be of Tibetan descent; but Saṅghapāla is described as the eldest son of the prime minister of Soghdiana, and is probably a different person. Saṅghavarman tr. at the White Horse Temple, Luoyang, in A.D. 252; inter alia the 無量壽經 is accredited to him, but a more reliable tradition of the Canon ascribes the tr. to Dharmarakṣa A.D. 308.


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 souryousei / soryose
sōryō system; organization of regional landholding families based on divided inheritance under the leadership of a main heir, usu. the eldest son (Kamakura period)


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lǐ jiàn chéng
    li3 jian4 cheng2
li chien ch`eng
    li chien cheng
Li Jiancheng (589-626), eldest son of first Tang emperor Li Yuan 唐高祖李淵|唐高祖李渊, murdered by his brother 李世民 in the Xuanwu Gate coup 玄武門之變|玄武门之变; Professor Li Jiancheng (1964-), geophysicist and specialist in satellite geodesy



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lǐ xiǎn lóng
    li3 xian3 long2
li hsien lung
Lee Hsien Loong (1952-), Singapore PAP politician, eldest son of Lee Kuan Yew 李光耀[Li3 Guang1 yao4], prime minister from 2004



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huān xǐ tiān tiān
    huan1 xi3 tian1 tian1
huan hsi t`ien t`ien
    huan hsi tien tien
 kangi ten
大聖歡喜天; 聖天; (大聖天) The joyful devas, or devas of pleasure, represented as two figures embracing each other, with elephants' heads and human bodies; the two embracing figures are interpreted as Gaṇeśa (the eldest son of Śiva) and an incarnation of Guanyin; the elephant-head represents Gaṇeśa; the origin is older than the Guanyin idea and seems to be a derivation from the Śivaitic linga-worship; joyful gods



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luó huó luó
    luo2 huo2 luo2
lo huo lo
Rāhula, the eldest son of Śākyamuni and Yaśodharā; also羅睺; 羅吼; 羅云; 羅雲; 曷怙羅 or 何怙羅 or 羅怙羅. He is supposed to have been in the womb for six years and born when his father attained buddhahood; also said to have been born during an eclipse, and thus acquired his name, though it is defined in other ways; his father did not see him till he was six years old. He became a disciple of the Hīnayāna, but is said to have become a Mahāyānist when his father preached this final perfect doctrine, a statement gainsaid by his being recognized as founder of the Vaibhāṣika school. He is to be reborn as the eldest son of every buddha, hence is sometimes called the son of Ānanda.


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jīn zhèng nán
    jin1 zheng4 nan2
chin cheng nan
Kim Jong-nam (1971-2017), the eldest son of Kim Jong-il 金正日[Jin1 Zheng4 ri4]



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shàng xíng pú sà
    shang4 xing2 pu2 sa4
shang hsing p`u sa
    shang hsing pu sa
 Jōgyō bosatsu
Viśiṣṭa-cāritra Bodhisattva, who suddenly rose out of the earth as Buddha was concluding one of his Lotus sermons; v. Lotus sūtra 15 and 21. He is supposed to have been a convert of the Buddha in long past ages and to come to the world in its days of evil. Nichiren in Japan believed himself to be this Bodhisattva's reincarnation, and the Nichiren trinity is the Buddha, i.e. the eternal Śākyamuni Buddha; the Law, i.e. the Lotus Truth; and the Saṅgha, i.e. this Bodhisattva, in other words Nichiren himself as the head of all living beings, or eldest son of the Buddha.


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jū lì tài zǐ
    ju1 li4 tai4 zi3
chü li t`ai tzu
    chü li tai tzu
 Kuri taishi
Kolita, the eldest son of Droṇodana, uncle of Śākyamuni; said to be Mahānāma, but others say Mahāmaudgalyāyana. Also 拘栗; 拘肄多.


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 souryoumusuko / soryomusuko
eldest son


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an adult-age eldest son who has yet to come into his inheritance; (a young adult still) living at home; a dependent



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(1) (archaism) (See 長男) eldest son; (2) (archaism) older brother; older sister; (3) (archaism) older person; (4) (archaism) (See 氏上) head of a clan; head of a region; (5) (archaism) skilled craftsman

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Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
First Born Son長男
chounan / chonanzhǎng nán
zhang3 nan2
zhang nan
chang nan
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