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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.

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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
bīng / bing1 / bingping

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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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition

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frost; white powder or cream spread over a surface; frosting; (skin) cream
frost; (personal name) Sou


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dōu shā
    dou1 sha1
tou sha
tuṣāra, frost.


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



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


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 toukan / tokan
frost; bitter cold


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first frost of the year


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(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


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(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.)


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zǎo shuāng
    zao3 shuang1
tsao shuang
early frost
early frost


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spring dust; frost and snow that's blown like dust in the air by the spring wind


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


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 bansou / banso
late frost


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


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 juhyou / juhyo
frost covered trees; (female given name) Juhyou


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 jusou / juso
air hoar; air frost; soft rime


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bái shuāng
    bai2 shuang1
pai shuang
hoar frost


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(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.)


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


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 keppyou / keppyo
(noun/participle) freezing (over); ice; frost


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late spring frost


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(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


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 kousou / koso
frost formation; frost


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



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shuāng dòng
    shuang1 dong4
shuang tung
frost; frost damage (to crop)
(surname) Shimogoori


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shuāng hài
    shuang1 hai4
shuang hai
 sougai / sogai
frostbite; frost damage (to crop)
frost damage


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frost columns; ice needles



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


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


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shuāng jiàng
    shuang1 jiang4
shuang chiang
 soukou / soko
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


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

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