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Huo3 in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Fire

  2. Fire Dragon

  3. Fire Horse

  4. Fire Snake

  5. Fire Tiger

  6. The Planet Mars

  7. Sacred Fire

  8. Sparks / Sparkle

  9. Firefly / Lightning Bug

10. Fire and Water Have No Mercy

11. Four Elements

12. Furinkazan

13. Green Fire

14. Five Elements

15. Do not take action until the time is right


(One of the five elements)
Fire Scroll

火 is the symbol for fire, flame, or blaze in Chinese, Korean and Japanese.

Fire is one of the five elements that ancient Chinese believed all things were composed of. These elements are also part of the cycle of Chinese astrology. Every person has both an animal sign, and one of the five elements according to the date of their birth. See also Five Elements and Chinese 12 Animals / Zodiac.

See Also:  Five Elements

Fire Dragon

huǒ lóng
hi ryuu
Fire Dragon Scroll

火龍 is how to write "Fire Dragon" in Chinese and Japanese Kanji.

This title is used more often in Chinese; a little lesser-known in Japanese.

Fire Horse

huǒ mǎ
oma hi
Fire Horse Scroll

火馬 is the title, "Fire Horse".

火馬 is not a common title for calligraphy. You might be looking for 丙午, 43rd year of the sexagenary cycle (year of the Fire Horse, renowned for disasters and the birth of women destined to kill their husbands).

Fire Snake

huǒ shé
hi hebi
Fire Snake Scroll

火蛇 is the Chinese and Japanese title for "fire snake" or "blazing serpent".

Fire Tiger

huǒ hǔ
hi tora
Fire Tiger Scroll

火虎 is the Chinese and Japanese title for "fire tiger".

If you were born between 9 Feb 1986 and 28 Jan 1987, or between 13 Feb 1926 and 1 Feb 1927, you are a fire tiger according to the Chinese Zodiac.

There are 12 animals and 5 elements in the cycle. Therefore, the fire tiger comes around once every 60 years. The next will be in 2046.

The branch of the zodiac for tiger is written 寅 when dating ancient documents and artwork, but 虎 is the way to write the character for an actual tiger.

The Planet Mars

huǒ xīng
kasei / kase
The Planet Mars Scroll

火星 is the Japanese Kanji, old Korean Hanja and Chinese title for the planet Mars.

The characters literally mean, "fire star" or "spark".

Sacred Fire

shèng huǒ
Sacred Fire Scroll

聖火 is a Chinese, Japanese and Korean term that applies to the sacred fire of the ancient Greek Olympic torch or games.

This could also apply to other sacred or holy fires, as it can be a somewhat generic term.

Sparks / Sparkle

huǒ huā
Sparks / Sparkle Scroll

火花 is a Chinese and Japanese word that means spark or sparkle.

Literally, these characters mean "fire flower".

This can also be the Japanese female given name Hibana.

Firefly / Lightning Bug

yíng huǒ chóng
Firefly / Lightning Bug Scroll

螢火蟲 is a very verbose Chinese title for a firefly, glowworm, or lightning bug.

The first character, 螢 means firefly or glow-worm by itself. This title adds the character for fire (火) and bug (蟲).

Fire and Water Have No Mercy

shuǐ huǒ wú qíng
Fire and Water Have No Mercy Scroll

This Chinese proverb means, "fire [and] water have-not mercy".

This serves to remind us that the forces of nature are beyond human control.

Some may also translation this as, "implacable fate".

Four Elements

Buddhist Term
dì shuǐ huǒ fēng
Four Elements Scroll

地水火風 is a Buddhist term that means "earth, water, fire, wind".

地水火風 is often just referred to as "the four elements". There is a more common title (the five elements) which adds wood to the mix. These four elements are used in some sects of Japanese Buddhism (not so much in Chinese).


military strategy
fēng lín huǒ shān
fuu rin ka zan
Furinkazan Scroll

風林火山 is the battle strategy and proverb of Japanese feudal lord Takeda Shingen (1521-1573 AD).

This came from the Art of War by Chinese strategist and tactician Sun Tzu (Sunzi).

You can think of this as a sort of abbreviation to remind officers and troops how to conduct battle.

風林火山 is literally a word list: Wind, Forest, Fire, Mountain.

The more expanded meaning is supposed to be...

"Swift as the wind, quiet as the forest, fierce as fire, and immovable as a mountain"

"As fast as the wind, as quiet as the forest, as daring as fire, and immovable as the mountain"

"Move as swift as the wind, stay as silent as a forest, attack as fierce as fire, undefeatable defense like a mountain"

"Move swiftly like the wind, stay silent like the forest, attack fiercely like fire, take tactical position on the mountain"

See Also:  Art of War

Green Fire

lú huǒ chún qīng
Green Fire Scroll

This literally means, "[The] furnace fire [has become] pure green.

爐火純青 is an allusion to Daoist alchemy. figuratively, this speaks of an art or technique brought to the point of perfection.

Five Elements

jīn mù shuǐ huǒ tǔ
Five Elements Scroll

金木水火土 is a list of the Chinese characters for the five elements in a comfortable order (meaning that they simply "feel right" to a Chinese person who views this arrangement).

The order is metal, wood, water, fire, earth.

Note that sometimes the metal element is translated as gold. And earth refers to soil versus the whole planet earth.

Do not take action until the time is right

bù dào huǒ hou bù jiē guō
Do not take action until the time is right Scroll

This literally translates as: Don't take the lid off the pot until the food is done.

Figuratively, this means: Don't take action until the time is right.

You can take this as a call to be patient, or picking just the right time to do something (not too early, not too late).

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

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Firehihuǒ / huo3 / huo
Fire Dragon火龍
hi ryuu / hiryuu / hi ryu / hiryuhuǒ lóng / huo3 long2 / huo long / huolonghuo lung / huolung
Fire Horse火馬
oma hi / omahihuǒ mǎ / huo3 ma3 / huo ma / huoma
Fire Snake火蛇hi hebi / hihebihuǒ shé / huo3 she2 / huo she / huoshe
Fire Tiger火虎hi tora / hitorahuǒ hǔ / huo3 hu3 / huo hu / huohu
The Planet Mars火星kasei / kasehuǒ xīng / huo3 xing1 / huo xing / huoxinghuo hsing / huohsing
Sacred Fire聖火
seikashèng huǒ
sheng4 huo3
sheng huo
火花hibanahuǒ huā / huo3 hua1 / huo hua / huohua
Lightning Bug
yíng huǒ chóng
ying2 huo3 chong2
ying huo chong
ying huo ch`ung
ying huo chung
Fire and Water Have No Mercy水火無情
shuǐ huǒ wú qíng
shui3 huo3 wu2 qing2
shui huo wu qing
shui huo wu ch`ing
shui huo wu ching
Four Elements地水火風
dì shuǐ huǒ fēng
di4 shui3 huo3 feng1
di shui huo feng
ti shui huo feng
fuu rin ka zan
fu rin ka zan
fēng lín huǒ shān
feng1 lin2 huo3 shan1
feng lin huo shan
Green Fire爐火純青
lú huǒ chún qīng
lu2 huo3 chun2 qing1
lu huo chun qing
lu huo ch`un ch`ing
lu huo chun ching
Five Elements金木水火土jīn mù shuǐ huǒ tǔ
jin1 mu4 shui3 huo3 tu3
jin mu shui huo tu
chin mu shui huo t`u
chin mu shui huo tu
Do not take action until the time is right不到火候不揭鍋
bù dào huǒ hou bù jiē guō
bu4 dao4 huo3 hou bu4 jie1 guo1
bu dao huo hou bu jie guo
pu tao huo hou pu chieh kuo
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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Simple Dictionary Definition

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huǒ / huo3
 hi / ひ
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fire; urgent; ammunition; fiery or flaming; internal heat (Chinese medicine); hot (popular); classifier for military units (old); Kangxi radical 86
(n,n-suf) fire; flame; blaze
Fire, flame. Śikhin 尸棄; 式棄, which means fire in the sense of flame, is the name of the 999th Buddha of the kalpa preceding this.


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huǒ xīng / huo3 xing1
huo hsing
 kasei / kase / かせい
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Mars (planet); (personal name) Ma-su
Aṇgāraka, 鴦哦囉迦 the planet Mars.


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huǒ huā / huo3 hua1
huo hua
 hibana / ひばな
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spark; sparkle
spark; (female given name) Hibana


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huǒ shé / huo3 she2
huo she
Do not take action until the time is right Scroll
Fire-vomiting serpents in the hells; fire serpents



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huǒ lóng / huo3 long2
huo lung
Do not take action until the time is right Scroll
fiery dragon



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shèng huǒ / sheng4 huo3
sheng huo
 seika / seka / せいか
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sacred fire; Olympic flame
(1) sacred fire (torch); (2) Olympic flame; (given name) Seika



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yíng huǒ chóng / ying2 huo3 chong2
ying huo ch`ung / ying huo chung
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firefly; glowworm; lightning bug

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huǒ / huo3
meals (abbr. for 伙食[huo3 shi2]); variant of 夥|伙[huo3]

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huǒ / huo3
many; numerous

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huǒ / huo3
"fire" radical in Chinese characters (Kangxi radical 86), occurring in 熙, 然, 熊 etc

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huǒ / huo3
holmium (chemistry)


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sān huǒ / san1 huo3
san huo
The three fires—desire, hate, and stupidity; v. 三毒.


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shàng huǒ / shang4 huo3
shang huo
to get angry; to suffer from excessive internal heat (TCM)


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xià huǒ / xia4 huo3
hsia huo
 shitabi / したび
burning low; waning; declining; (place-name) Shimoppi
下炬 To apply the torch; syn. for setting alight the funeral pyre of a monk; light the fire


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shì huǒ / shi4 huo3
shih huo
Phenomenal fire, v. 性火 fire as an element; also, fire-worship; phenomenal fire


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jiāo huǒ / jiao1 huo3
chiao huo
firefight; shooting


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zhàng huǒ / zhang4 huo3
chang huo


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huǒ bàn / huo3 ban4
huo pan
partner; companion; comrade


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huǒ tóng / huo3 tong2
huo t`ung / huo tung
to collude; in collusion with


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huǒ/ huo3 fu1
huo fu
mess cook (old)



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huǒ ji / huo3 ji5
huo chi
partner; fellow; mate; waiter; servant; shop assistant



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huǒ/ huo3 yi2
huo i
variant of 夥頤|夥颐[huo3 yi2]


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huǒ shí / huo3 shi2
huo shih
food; meals



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lái huǒ / lai2 huo3
lai huo
to get angry


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jiè huǒ / jie4 huo3
chieh huo
to borrow a light (for a cigarette)


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tíng huǒ / ting2 huo3
t`ing huo / ting huo
to cease fire; ceasefire


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huǒ / ru4 huo3
ju huo
to join a group; to become a member


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mào huǒ / mao4 huo3
mao huo
to get angry; to burn with rage


see styles
bīng huǒ / bing1 huo3
ping huo
fire and ice; combination of sharply contrasting or incompatible elements


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jié huǒ / jie2 huo3
chieh huo
the conflagration of the universe at the end of time

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