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猿 is one of those cases when an error was made as Chinese characters were absorbed into the Japanese language during the 5th century.
In Japanese, this means monkey.
In Chinese, this means ape.
The Japanese word for ape, means monkey in Chinese, so you can see how they were simply reversed.
猴 is the character for monkey in Chinese.
猴 means ape in Japanese due to a error made long ago as Japan absorbed Chinese characters.
If you were born in the year of the monkey, you . . .
Are smart, brave, active and competitive.
Like new things.
Have a good memory.
Are quick to respond
Have an easy time winning people's trust.
Are however, not very patient.
See also our Chinese Zodiac page.
Note: This character does have the meaning of monkey in Korean Hanja but is not used very often.
猿拳 is the Japanese martial arts title, "Monkey Fist," referring to Monkey-Style Kung Fu.
猿拳 is very similar to a Chinese term that uses a different first character (the characters for ape and monkey were reversed when Japan borrowed Chinese characters, so this would be "Ape Fist" if a Chinese person read it).
Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your monkey ape search...
If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese
|Simple Dictionary Definition|
| yuán / yuan2
mashira / ましら mashi / まし saru / さる
(out-dated or obsolete kana usage) monkey (esp. the Japanese macaque, Macaca fuscata); ape; non-human primate; (1) (kana only) monkey (esp. the Japanese macaque, Macaca fuscata); ape; non-human primate; (2) (derogatory term) sly person; (3) (derogatory term) idiot; hick; (4) sliding wooden bolt (for holding a door or window shut); (5) clasp used to control the height of a pot-hook; (6) (archaism) bathhouse prostitute; (surname) Mase; (surname) Mashira; (female given name) Saru
|saru / サル||(1) (kana only) monkey (esp. the Japanese macaque, Macaca fuscata); ape; non-human primate; (2) (derogatory term) sly person; (3) (derogatory term) idiot; hick; (4) sliding wooden bolt (for holding a door or window shut); (5) clasp used to control the height of a pot-hook; (6) (archaism) bathhouse prostitute; (place-name) Sarh (Chad); Sal|
|etekou / eteko / えてこう||
(1) monkey; ape; (2) personification of a monkey (e.g. Mr. Monkey)
|sarugami / さるがみ||
monkey god; ape god
| yuán bì / yuan2 bi4
enpi / えんぴ
arms like those of an ape — muscular, or long and dexterous
monkey arm; long arm
|mashira;mashi(ok) / ましら;まし(ok)||monkey (esp. the Japanese macaque, Macaca fuscata); ape; non-human primate|
|saru(p);saru / さる(P);サル||(1) (kana only) (See ニホンザル) monkey (esp. the Japanese macaque, Macaca fuscata); ape; non-human primate; (2) (derogatory term) sly person; (3) (derogatory term) idiot; hick; (4) sliding wooden bolt (for holding a door or window shut); (5) (See 自在鉤) clasp used to control the height of a pot-hook; (6) (archaism) (See 湯女・2) bathhouse prostitute|
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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji(Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|猿||saru||yuán / yuan2 / yuan||yüan|
|Monkey||猴||hóu / hou2 / hou|
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