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Ice / Frost

bīng
Ice / Frost Scroll

冰 is the Chinese character used to express "ice" or "frost".

The main part of the character on the right holds the meaning of "water" and on the left, is a radical (the two dots) that also means water. Together, they create the character that means "ice" (solid water).


This is similar to the character for frost in Japanese. However, Japanese drop the radical from the left side.

Ice / Frost

bīng
koori
Ice / Frost Scroll

冰 is the Japanese Kanji for "ice" or "frost".

冰 is also the way to write "ice" in old Korean Hanja.

Note: This form is not commonly used anymore in Chinese - though still understood for the most part.

FYI: There was a time when Japan did not have a written language and simply absorbed Chinese characters into their language by meaning. When this occurred around the 5th century, the character shown here was a common but alternate way to write "ice" in Chinese, so it was the one that ended up being absorbed into the Japanese language. Not long after that, a similar thing happened in Korea - although Korea has replaced virtually all of the Chinese characters they once used with the new Hangul writing system.


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

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Ice
Frost
bīng / bing1 / bingping
Ice
Frost

koori / koribīng / bing1 / bingping
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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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

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shuāng
    shuang1
shuang
 shimo
    しも
frost; white powder or cream spread over a surface; frosting; (skin) cream
frost; (personal name) Sou
frost

兜沙

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dōu shā
    dou1 sha1
tou sha
 tosha
tuṣāra, frost.

冰花

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bīng huā
    bing1 hua1
ping hua
ice crystal; frost (on windows)

凍害


冻害

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dòng hài
    dong4 hai4
tung hai
 tougai / togai
    とうがい
(agriculture) freezing injury
frost damage

凍寒

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 toukan / tokan
    とうかん
frost; bitter cold

初霜

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 hatsushimo
    はつしも
first frost of the year

摩る

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 sasuru
    さする
(transitive verb) (1) to rub; to chafe; to strike (match); to file; to frost (glass); (2) to lose (e.g. a match); to forfeit; to squander one's money (e.g. through gambling, Pachinko, etc.); (transitive verb) (1) (kana only) to pat; to stroke; (2) (kana only) to rub off; to polish; to grind; to graze; to scrape; (3) (kana only) to be equal to; (4) (kana only) to be about to reach

擂る

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 suru
    する
(transitive verb) (1) to rub; to chafe; to strike (match); to file; to frost (glass); (2) to lose (e.g. a match); to forfeit; to squander one's money (e.g. through gambling, Pachinko, etc.)

早霜

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zǎo shuāng
    zao3 shuang1
tsao shuang
 hayajimo
    はやじも
early frost
early frost

春塵

see styles
 shunjin
    しゅんじん
spring dust; frost and snow that's blown like dust in the air by the spring wind

春霜

see styles
 shunsou; harushimo / shunso; harushimo
    しゅんそう; はるしも
spring frost

晩霜

see styles
 bansou / banso
    ばんそう
late frost

朝霜

see styles
 asashimo; asajimo
    あさしも; あさじも
morning frost

樹氷

see styles
 juhyou / juhyo
    じゅひょう
frost covered trees; (female given name) Juhyou

樹霜

see styles
 jusou / juso
    じゅそう
air hoar; air frost; soft rime

白霜

see styles
bái shuāng
    bai2 shuang1
pai shuang
hoar frost

磨る

see styles
 suru
    する
(transitive verb) (1) to rub; to chafe; to strike (match); to file; to frost (glass); (2) to lose (e.g. a match); to forfeit; to squander one's money (e.g. through gambling, Pachinko, etc.)

秋霜

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qiū shuāng
    qiu1 shuang1
ch`iu shuang
    chiu shuang
 shuusou / shuso
    しゅうそう
autumn frost; fig. white hair as sign of old age
autumn frost; fall frost; (surname) Akishimo

結氷

see styles
 keppyou / keppyo
    けっぴょう
(noun/participle) freezing (over); ice; frost

遅霜

see styles
 osojimo
    おそじも
late spring frost

降る

see styles
 furu
    ふる
(v5r,vi) (1) to fall (of rain, snow, ash, etc.); to come down; (v5r,vi) (2) to form (of frost); (v5r,vi) (3) to beam down (of sunlight or moonlight); to pour in; (v5r,vi) (4) to visit (of luck, misfortune, etc.); to come; to arrive

降霜

see styles
 kousou / koso
    こうそう
frost formation; frost

雨凇

see styles
yǔ sōng
    yu3 song1
yü sung
frost; a patina of ice from freezing rain or water vapor

霜凍


霜冻

see styles
shuāng dòng
    shuang1 dong4
shuang tung
 shimogoori
    しもごおり
frost; frost damage (to crop)
(surname) Shimogoori

霜害

see styles
shuāng hài
    shuang1 hai4
shuang hai
 sougai / sogai
    そうがい
frostbite; frost damage (to crop)
frost damage

霜柱

see styles
 shimobashira
    しもばしら
frost columns; ice needles

霜災


霜灾

see styles
shuāng zāi
    shuang1 zai1
shuang tsai
frost damage (to crop)

霜花

see styles
shuāng huā
    shuang1 hua1
shuang hua
frost forming a pattern on a surface; rime

霜降

see styles
shuāng jiàng
    shuang1 jiang4
shuang chiang
 soukou / soko
    そうこう
Shuangjiang or Frost Descends, 18th of the 24 solar terms 二十四節氣|二十四节气 23rd October-6th November
(See 二十四節気) "frost descent" solar term (approx. October 23); (surname) Shimofuri

霜雪

see styles
shuāng xuě
    shuang1 xue3
shuang hsüeh
 sousetsu / sosetsu
    そうせつ
frost and snow; (fig.) snowy white (hair); adversity
frost and snow

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