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鼇 means "legendary turtle" in Chinese. 鼇 is a great mythological turtle that travels the seas. The creature is comparable to the dragon of China, however, it so happens that dragons became a bit more famous as history progressed. In modern Chinese, this character can just refer to a large sea turtle.
Note: 鼇 can be pronounced in Korean but this is a very rare Korean Hanja form - it hasn't been used in Korea for at least a few hundred years (even before they switched to Hangul characters).
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|Title||Characters||Romaji (Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|Legendary Turtle||伝説の亀||densetsu no kame|
|Legendary Turtle||鼇||áo / ao2 / ao|
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|Simple Dictionary Definition|
| yuán jiāng jiǔ lèi / yuan2 jiang1 jiu3 lei4
yüan chiang chiu lei
rare talent; lit. legendary nine-ribbed turtle of Yuan river
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