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Mantis / Praying Mantis

táng láng
tou rou
Mantis / Praying Mantis Vertical Wall Scroll

螳螂 / 蟷螂 is mantis or "praying mantis" as it's often titled in English.

Technically speaking, this is especially applies to the narrow-winged mantis (Tenodera angustipennis)

It is best to use this very common two-character Asian title for mantis, as the second character alone can mean mantis or dragonfly (totally ambiguous).

This title is antiquated in Japanese, as they tend to write カマキリ (kama kiri) in Katakana to mean praying mantis.

蟷Note: There is an alternate form of this title which uses the character shown to the right instead of the first character shown above. This is uncommon in both Japan and China (if you really want it anyway, please let us know).

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

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Praying Mantis
螳螂 / 蟷螂
tou rou / tourou / to ro / torotáng láng
tang2 lang2
tang lang
t`ang lang
tang lang
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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ài / ai4
 ai / あい
Mantis / Praying Mantis Vertical Wall Scroll
to love; to be fond of; to like; affection; to be inclined (to do something); to tend to (happen)
(n,n-suf) (1) (See 愛する) love; affection; care; (2) {Buddh} attachment; craving; desire; (3) {Christn} (See アガペー・1) agape (Christian love); (female given name) Rui
kāma; rāga. Love, affection, desire; also used for tṛṣṇā, thirst, avidity, desire, one of the twelve nidānas. It is intp. as 貪 coveting, and 染著 defiling attachment; also defined as defiling love like that toward wife and children, and undefiling love like that toward one's teachers and elders; to desire

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/ yu4

 yoku / よく
to wish for; to desire; variant of 慾|欲[yu4]
greed; craving; desire; avarice; wants; (surname) Yoku
rājas, passion. Also kāma, desire, love. The Chinese word means to breathe after, aspire to, desire, and is also used as 慾 for lust, passion; it is inter alia intp. as 染愛塵 tainted with the dust (or dirt) of love, or lust. The three desires are for beauty, demeanour, and softness; the five are those of the five physical senses.

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yáo / yao2
 kama / かま
kiln; oven; coal pit; cave dwelling; (coll.) brothel
stove; furnace; kiln; (place-name) Kama

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guàn / guan4
 kan / かん    kama / かま
can; jar; pot
(ateji / phonetic) (out-dated kanji) can; tin; boiler

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/ ma2
 hikigaeru / ひきがえる    hiki / ひき    gamagaeru / がまがえる    gama / がま    kama / かま
old variant of 蟆[ma2]
(out-dated or obsolete kana usage) (kana only) toad (esp. the Japanese toad, Bufo japonicus)

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/ fu3
 kama / かま
kettle; cauldron
iron pot; kettle; (surname) Kama

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lián / lian2
 kama / かま
variant of 鐮|镰[lian2]
(1) sickle; (2) (See 鎌をかける・かまをかける) leading question; trick question; (3) (abbreviation) (See 鎖鎌) sickle-and-chain (weapon); (4) (abbreviation) (See 鎌槍) spear with curved cross-blades; (5) (abbreviation) (See 鎌継) gooseneck tenon and mortise joint; (6) (archaism) noisiness; (7) (kana only) part of a fish around the gills; (personal name) Ren
A sickle. 鎌子; a sickle


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 kama / カマ (female given name) Kama


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 kama / かま (place-name) Kama



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ài jīng / ai4 jing1
ai ching
Kama Sutra



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yù jīng / yu4 jing1
yü ching
Kama Sutra



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há ma / ha2 ma5
ha ma
 gama / がま    kama / かま
variant of 蛤蟆[ha2 ma5]
(out-dated or obsolete kana usage) (kana only) toad (esp. the Japanese toad, Bufo japonicus)


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 gamagaeru / がまがえる    gama / がま    kama / かま (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) (kana only) toad (esp. the Japanese toad, Bufo japonicus)


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jiā mó / jia1 mo2
chia mo
kāma, desire, love, wish. A hungry spirit.


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xiāng pú / xiang1 pu2
hsiang p`u / hsiang pu
 gama / がま    kama / かま
Typha orientalis; broadleaf cumbungi; bulrush; cattail
(out-dated or obsolete kana usage) (kana only) common cattail (Typha latifolia); common bulrush; common reedmace


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 kamaa / kama / カマー (personal name) Comer


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 kamagawa / カマがわ (place-name) Kama (river)


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 kaama / kama / カーマ Karma; (personal name) Khama


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 kama / かま boiler


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 kaamaa / kama / カーマー (personal name) Calmer



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jiàn mó shè dì / jian4 mo2 she4 di4
chien mo she ti
A spirit or demon, ? Aniruddha, the unobstructed, the ungovernable, son of Kāma (Love, Lust); Kāma-śreṣṭha


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 gama;kaba(蒲);kouho(蒲);kama(ok);gama / gama;kaba(蒲);koho(蒲);kama(ok);gama / がま;かば(蒲);こうほ(蒲);かま(ok);ガマ (kana only) common cattail (Typha latifolia); common bulrush; common reedmace



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yù yǒu jiàn wú míng / yu4 you3 jian4 wu2 ming2
yü yu chien wu ming
 yoku u ken mumyō
The unenlightened condition of desire; kāma-bhava-dṛṣṭi-avidyā are the four constituents which produce 漏 q.v; desire, existence, views and ignorance


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 kamatonneru / かまトンネル (place-name) Kama tunnel


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 karuma;kaama / karuma;kama / カルマ;カーマ Karma


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 kama / かま stove; furnace; kiln


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 hikigaeru(蟇蛙,蟇,蟾蜍);hiki(蟇,蟾,蟆);gamagaeru(蟇,蝦蟇);gama(蟇,蝦蟇,蝦蟆);kama(蟇,蝦蟇,蝦蟆)(ok);hikigaeru;gamagaeru / ひきがえる(蟇蛙,蟇,蟾蜍);ひき(蟇,蟾,蟆);がまがえる(蟇,蝦蟇);がま(蟇,蝦蟇,蝦蟆);かま(蟇,蝦蟇,蝦蟆)(ok);ヒキガエル;ガマガエル (kana only) toad (esp. the Japanese toad, Bufo japonicus)

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