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Giraffe

zhǎng jǐng lù
Giraffe Vertical Wall Scroll

長頸鹿 is the Chinese word for Giraffe (the animal).

Not to be confused with the mythical "kirin" or "qilin" beast.

Kirin / Giraffe / Mythical Creature

qí lǐn
keilun
kirin
Kirin / Giraffe / Mythical Creature Vertical Wall Scroll

麒麟 is the title of a mythical beast of Asia.

The animal is thought to be related to the giraffe, and in some ways, it is a giraffe. However, it is often depicted with the horns of a dragon or deer and sometimes with the body like a horse but many variations exist.

In Japanese it is pronounced "Kirin" as in "Kirin Ichiban" beer.

Kirin - Mythical Beast and Great Japanese Beer!
Notes:

1. 麒麟 is sometimes spelled as "kylin".

2. In Japanese, this is the only Kanji word for giraffe. Therefore in Japan, this word needs context to know whether you are talking about the mythical creature or the long-necked giraffe of Africa.

3. Apparently, this was the first word used for regular giraffes in China (some were brought from Africa to China during the Ming Dynasty - probably around the year 1400). Though the mythical creature may have existed before, the name "qilin" was given to the "new giraffe". 麒麟 is because, more than 600 years ago, giraffes somewhat matched the mythical creature's description when Chinese people saw them for the first time. Later, to avoid such an ambiguous title, a three-character word was devised to mean a "giraffe of Africa". The characters for "qilin" shown here are only for the mythological version in modern Chinese.

4. More information about the qilin / kirin from Wikipedia.

5. This creature is sometimes translated as the "Chinese Unicorn", even though it is generally portrayed with two horns. I think this is done more for the fantasy aspect of the unicorn and because most westerners don't know what a qilin or kirin is (this avoids a long explanation by the translator).

6. In Korean, this can mean kirin or simply giraffe (usually the mythological creature is what they would think of when seeing these characters alone on a wall scroll).


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

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Giraffe長頸鹿
长颈鹿
zhǎng jǐng lù
zhang3 jing3 lu4
zhang jing lu
zhangjinglu
chang ching lu
changchinglu
Kirin
Giraffe
Mythical Creature
麒麟kirinqí lǐn / qi2 lin3 / qi lin / qilinch`i lin / chilin / chi lin
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

麒麟

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qí lín / qi2 lin2
ch`i lin / chi lin
 kirin / きりん
Kirin / Giraffe / Mythical Creature Vertical Wall Scroll
qilin (mythical Chinese animal); kylin; Chinese unicorn; commonly mistranslated as giraffe
(1) (kana only) giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis); (2) qilin (Chinese unicorn); (3) Kirin (brand of beer); (surname, female given name) Kirin
Male and female unicorns; the qilin in general; male and female unicorns

長頸鹿


长颈鹿

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cháng jǐng lù / chang2 jing3 lu4
ch`ang ching lu / chang ching lu
Kirin / Giraffe / Mythical Creature Vertical Wall Scroll
giraffe; CL:隻|只[zhi1]

騏驎


骐麟

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qí lín / qi2 lin2
ch`i lin / chi lin
variant of 麒麟[qi2 lin2]; qilin (mythical Chinese animal); kylin; Chinese unicorn; commonly mistranslated as giraffe

キリン

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 kirin / キリン (1) (kana only) giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis); (2) qilin (Chinese unicorn); (female given name) Kirin

ジラフ

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 jirafu / ジラフ giraffe

山西獸


山西兽

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shān xī shòu / shan1 xi1 shou4
shan hsi shou
Shansitherium fuguensis (early giraffe)

薩摩麟


萨摩麟

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sà mó lín / sa4 mo2 lin2
sa mo lin
Samotherium (early giraffe)

麒麟座

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qí lín zuò / qi2 lin2 zuo4
ch`i lin tso / chi lin tso
 kirinza / きりんざ
Monoceros (constellation)
{astron} Camelopardalis (constellation); the Giraffe

キリン科

see styles
 kirinka / キリンか Giraffidae; family containing the giraffe and the okapi

キリン保全財団

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 kirinhozenzaidan / きりんほぜんざいだん (o) Giraffe Conservation Foundation

麒麟(P);騏驎

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 kirin(p);kirin / きりん(P);キリン (1) (kana only) giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis); (2) qilin (Chinese unicorn); (3) (麒麟 only) Kirin (brand of beer); (4) (騏驎 only) (archaism) horse that can ride 1000 ri in a day

キリンとペリカンとぼく

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 kirintoperikantoboku / キリンとペリカンとぼく (wk) The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me (book)

アウケノグラニスオッキデンタリス

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 aukenoguranisuokkidentarisu / アウケノグラニスオッキデンタリス bubu (Auchenoglanis occidentalis); giraffe catfish

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