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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.
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||Characters||Romaji (Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|冰||bīng / bing1 / bing||ping|
|koori / kori||bīng / bing1 / bing||ping|
|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.
Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your ice frost search...
If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese
|Simple Dictionary Definition|
| bīng huā / bing1 hua1
ice crystal; frost (on windows)
|keppyou / keppyo / けっぴょう||
(noun/participle) freezing (over); ice; frost
| yǔ sōng / yu3 song1
frost; a patina of ice from freezing rain or water vapor
|shimobashira / しもばしら||
frost columns; ice needles
| dū huò luó / du1 huo4 luo2
tu huo lo
Tukhāra, the 月支 Yuezhi country; '(1) A topographical term designating a country of ice and frost (tukhāra), and corresponding to the present Badakchan which Arab geographers still call Tokharestan. (2) An ethnographical term used by the Greeks to designate the Tocharoi or Indo-Scythians, and likewise by Chinese writers applied to the Tochari Tartars who driven on by the Huns (180 B.C.) conquered Trans-oxania, destroyed the Bactrian kingdom (大夏) 126 B.C., and finally conquered the Pundjab, Cashmere, and the greater part of India. Their greatest king was Kanichka.' Eitel.
| lěng ruò bīng shuāng / leng3 ruo4 bing1 shuang1
leng jo ping shuang
as cold as ice and frost (idiom, usually of woman); icy manner; frigid
|hyousetsukikou / hyosetsukiko / ひょうせつきこう||
ice cap climate; snow and ice climate; frost climate; nival climate
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