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Wild Goose

China yàn
Japan karigane / kari
Wild Goose Vertical Wall Scroll

雁 is the single character for wild goose in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.


China tiān é
Swan Vertical Wall Scroll

天鵝 is one of a few titles that can mean "swan" in Chinese.

This one can be literally-translated as "heavenly goose."

Drain the pond to get all the fish

Kill the goose that lays the golden eggs
China jié zé ér yú
Drain the pond to get all the fish Vertical Wall Scroll

In 632 BC, Duke Wen of the Kingdom of Jin was about to lead an army against the forces of the Kingdom of Chu.
The Duke asked one of his advisers, Jiu Fan, how they could possibly win the impending battle, as they were drastically outnumbered.
Jiu Fan said, "All is fair in war," and went on to suggest a plan of dishonorable tactics (cheating).
The Duke was not sure of this advice, so he asked another adviser, Yong Ji, who replied, "If you catch fish by draining the pond, you can certainly get all the fish. But there will be no fish the following year. You can cheat this one time in battle but such tactics can only be used once, as the enemy will be wise in future encounters."

The Duke heard the words of his wiser adviser but cheated to gain victory in the battle. However, he rewarded Yong Ji more than Jiu Fan at the victory celebration, stating that while Jiu Fan's advice gained one victory, the wise words of Yong Ji would last forever.

This Chinese idiom/proverb is still used, over 2600 years later to remind people not to burn bridges, cheat, or dishonor oneself in exchange for a short term gain, while sacrificing the future.

竭澤而漁 is very similar to the meaning of the English phrase, "Kill the goose that lays the golden eggs."

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Mandarin yàn / yan4
Taiwan yen
Japanese gan / がん
Drain the pond to get all the fish Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese wild goose
Japanese (kana only) wild goose; (1) call of a wild goose; (2) (kana only) wild goose (esp. a lesser white-fronted goose, Anser erythropus); (3) tea made from twigs of high-quality tea plants (esp. gyokuro); high-grade kukicha (esp. from gyokuro); (1) (kana only) wild goose; (2) (kana only) (abbreviation) (colloquialism) glans; head of a penis; (surname, given name) Gan; (wk) The Wild Geese (1913 novel by Mori Ōgai)
A hawk, also used for hamsa, a wild goose.


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Japanese kari / カリ
Drain the pond to get all the fish Vertical Wall Scroll
Japanese (1) (kana only) wild goose; (2) (kana only) (abbreviation) (colloquialism) glans; head of a penis; (place-name) Cali (Colombia)



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Mandarin jié zé ér yú / jie2 ze2 er2 yu2
Taiwan chieh tse erh yü
Drain the pond to get all the fish Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese lit. to drain the pond to get at the fish (idiom); fig. to kill the goose that lays the golden eggs

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Mandarin/ li4
Taiwan li
Chinese cry of a crane or wild goose

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Mandarin/ su4
Taiwan su
Japanese shoku / あわ
Chinese grain; millet; goose pimples
Japanese foxtail millet (Setaria italica); Italian millet (also Hungarian, German); (surname) Awazaki
Maize, millet.

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Mandarin yàn / yan4
Taiwan yen
Japanese gan / がん
Chinese variant of 雁[yan4]
Japanese (kana only) wild goose; (1) (kana only) wild goose; (2) (kana only) (abbreviation) (colloquialism) glans; head of a penis; (surname) Gan
A wild goose; a wild goose


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Mandarin hóng / hong2
Taiwan hung
Japanese bishiyago / びしやご
Chinese eastern bean goose; great; large
Japanese (kana only) bean goose (Anser fabalis); (1) large bird; (2) peng (in Chinese mythology, giant bird said to transform from a fish); (3) fenghuang (Chinese phoenix); (surname) Bishiyago

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Mandarin é / e2
Taiwan o
Japanese ga
Chinese goose; CL:隻|只[zhi1]


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Japanese sanchou / sancho / さんちょう Japanese (1) {food} chicken, goose and pheasant; (2) (archaism) (orig. meaning) cuckoo, Japanese bush warbler and wagtail


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Mandarin dà yàn / da4 yan4
Taiwan ta yen
Chinese wild goose; CL:隻|只[zhi1]


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Japanese kogan / こがん Japanese solitary wild goose (i.e. separated from its flock, esp. flying); (given name) Kogan


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Japanese sabuibo / さぶいぼ Japanese (kana only) (ksb:) goosebumps; goose pimples


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Mandarin héng pó / heng2 po2
Taiwan heng p`o / heng po
(or恒亙婆), haṃsa, a goose.



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Mandarin mián fú / mian2 fu2
Taiwan mien fu
Chinese (bird species of China) cotton pygmy goose (Nettapus coromandelianus)


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Mandarin zhèng bù / zheng4 bu4
Taiwan cheng pu
Chinese goose-step (for military parades)


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Mandarin shuǐ rǔ / shui3 ru3
Taiwan shui ju
Japanese suinyū
Water and milk— an illustration of the intermingling of things; but their essential separateness is recognized in that the rāja-haṃsa (a kind of goose) is said to be able to drink up the milk leaving behind the water; water and milk


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Mandarin huī yàn / hui1 yan4
Taiwan hui yen
Chinese (bird species of China) greylag goose (Anser anser)


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Japanese hakugan;hakugan / はくがん;ハクガン Japanese (kana only) snow goose (Chen caerulescens); blue goose


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Japanese magan;magan / まがん;マガン Japanese (kana only) greater white-fronted goose (Anser albifrons); (surname) Makari


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Mandarin shí jié / shi2 jie2
Taiwan shih chieh
Chinese goose barnacle (Pollicipes pollicipes)


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Mandarin hú yàn / hu2 yan4
Taiwan hu yen
Chinese Tatar goose, wild goose found in territories northwest of China in ancient times


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Japanese hishikui / ひしくい Japanese (kana only) bean goose (Anser fabalis)


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Mandarin dòu yàn / dou4 yan4
Taiwan tou yen
Chinese (bird species of China) taiga bean goose (Anser fabalis)


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Japanese kagan / かがん Japanese flying goose


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Mandarin yàn tǎ / yan4 ta3
Taiwan yen t`a / yen ta
Japanese Gantō
Chinese Yanta District of Xi’an 西安市[Xi1 an1 Shi4], Shaanxi
The Wild Goose pagoda, name of a famous monastery; Haṃsa stūpa


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Japanese karigane / かりがね Japanese (1) call of a wild goose; (2) (kana only) wild goose (esp. a lesser white-fronted goose, Anser erythropus); (3) tea made from twigs of high-quality tea plants (esp. gyokuro); high-grade kukicha (esp. from gyokuro); (surname) Karigane


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Japanese gankubi / がんくび    karikubi / かりくび Japanese (1) head of a pipe, incl. the bowl and stem attachment; (2) (colloquialism) neck; head; (1) (something resembling a) goose's neck; (2) glans; head of a penis


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Mandarin xuě yàn / xue3 yan4
Taiwan hsüeh yen
Chinese (bird species of China) snow goose (Anser caerulescens)


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Japanese beidan / bedan / べいだん    heidan / hedan / へいだん    heitan / hetan / へいたん Japanese Heian-period pastry made of duck or goose eggs mixed with vegetables boiled and wrapped in mochi which is then cut into squares


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Japanese torihada / とりはだ Japanese gooseflesh; goose pimples; goose bumps

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Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Wild Goosekarigane / kariyàn / yan4 / yanyen
tiān é / tian1 e2 / tian e / tianet`ien o / tieno / tien o
Drain the pond to get all the fish竭澤而漁
jié zé ér yú
jie2 ze2 er2 yu2
jie ze er yu
chieh tse erh yü
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