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Orchid Scroll

蘭 is the character for the orchid in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

Also: Epidendrum.

蘭 is used in some contexts to mean fragrant, elegant, or refined.

蘭 can also be the Chinese family name romanized as “Lan.” However, it is not the only character that can be romanized as Lan.

In Japanese and Korean, this character means orchid but is also used as a suffix or short name for the Netherlands / Holland.

Orchid Queen

lán huā nǚ wáng
Orchid Queen Scroll

蘭花女王 is the long, clear, or verbose version of “Orchid Queen” in Chinese.

Orchid Queen

Short Version

lán hòu
Orchid Queen Scroll

蘭后 is the short way to write “Orchid Queen” in Chinese.

This abbreviated version is open to interpretation, but it's a cool title.

Keiran Scroll

This is the Japanese female given name Keiran.

This kind of means “wisdom orchid” or “fragrance of wisdom.”

mǐ lán
mi ran
Milan Scroll

米蘭 is the transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the Latin name Milan.

This also happens to be the Chinese name for the city Milan or Milano in Italy.

米蘭 are only used for their phonetic properties but this would mean “rice orchid.” But any Chinese person will know that you are talking about either the Italian city or a person named Milan (and will not take the literal meaning).

Though technically, you are supposed to use Katakana instead of Kanji, this also sounds like Milan in Japanese. The pronunciation was borrowed from Chinese when Japan borrowed Chinese characters in the 5th century.

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition

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orchid (蘭花|兰花 Cymbidium goeringii); fragrant thoroughwort (蘭草|兰草 Eupatorium fortunei); lily magnolia (木蘭|木兰)
(1) orchid; (2) (abbreviation) (See 阿蘭陀・オランダ) Netherlands; Holland; (surname, female given name) Ran
The epidendrum, orchid; scented, refined; pledged, sworn; translit. ra, ram, ran; abbrev. for 偸蘭遮 q.v.

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orchid (same as 蘭草|兰草); Eupatorium (same as 蕑)

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(grass); (orchid)



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pèi lán
    pei4 lan2
p`ei lan
    pei lan
orchid; fragrant thoroughwort; (botany) Eupatorium fortunei; Herba Eupatorii (used in Chinese medicine)



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diào lán
    diao4 lan2
tiao lan
hanging orchid (Chlorophytum comosum); bracket plant


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jun zǐ
    jun1 zi3
chün tzu
nobleman; person of noble character
(1) man of virtue; wise man; (true) gentleman; (2) person of high rank; (3) (See 四君子) the four gentlemen (plum, chrysanthemum, orchid, and bamboo); (female given name) Kunshi
superior man


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the four loves (chrysanthemum, lotus, plum, and orchid; as painting subjects); (female given name) Shichika


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 yuukaku / yukaku
(1) (See 蘭・らん・1) orchid; (2) hermit



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guà lán
    gua4 lan2
kua lan
hanging orchid (Chlorophytum comosum); bracket plant


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(kana only) noble orchid (Cymbidium goeringii); (female given name) Chunran


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 kayaran; kayaran
    かやらん; カヤラン
(kana only) Thrixspermum japonicum (species of orchid)


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 sawaran; sawaran
    さわらん; サワラン
(kana only) Eleorchis japonica (species of orchid)


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 youran / yoran
orchid of Western origin; tropical orchid



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zé lán
    ze2 lan2
tse lan
Eupatorium, e.g. Japanese bog orchid (Eupatorium japonicum Thunb)


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Bletilla striata (purple variety of orchid); (female given name) Shiran


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(kana only) lawn orchid; soldier's orchid (Zeuxine strateumatica)



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zhī lán
    zhi1 lan2
chih lan
 tsuuran / tsuran
lit. iris and orchid; fig. exalted sentiments; (expr. of praise for noble character, beautiful surrounding, future prospects etc)
(1) (See 霊芝・れいし,藤袴・ふじばかま) reishi mushroom and thoroughwort; fragrant plants; (can be adjective with の) (2) talented; virtuous; (given name) Tsuuran



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lán yǔ
    lan2 yu3
lan yü
Lanyu or Orchid Island township in Taitung County 臺東縣|台东县[Tai2 dong1 Xian4], southeast Taiwan
(place-name) Orchid Island (Taiwan)



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lán huā
    lan2 hua1
lan hua
cymbidium; orchid
(female given name) Ranfa



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lán jú
    lan2 ju2
lan chü
Orchid and chrysanthemum, spring and autumn, emblems of beauty; orchid and chrysanthemum



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lán xiāng
    lan2 xiang1
lan hsiang
 rankou / ranko
(surname, given name) Rankou
Orchid fragrance, spring; orchid fragrance


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(kana only) Calanthe discolor (species of orchid)


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(kana only) lawn orchid; soldier's orchid (Zeuxine strateumatica); (surname) Iran



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jīn lán
    jin1 lan2
chin lan
 kinran; kinran
    きんらん; キンラン
profound friendship; sworn brotherhood
(1) (kana only) golden orchid (Cephalanthera falcata); kinran; (2) very close friendship


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 tokisou / tokiso
(kana only) pogonia (Pogonia japonica) (species of orchid)


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 sagisou; sagisou / sagiso; sagiso
    さぎそう; サギソウ
(kana only) fringed orchid (Pecteilis radiata); white egret flower; sagiso


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 mugiran; mugiran
    むぎらん; ムギラン
(kana only) Bulbophyllum inconspicuum (species of orchid)


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 ichiyouran; ichiyouran / ichiyoran; ichiyoran
    いちようらん; イチヨウラン
(kana only) Dactylostalix ringens (species of orchid); rigid Dactylostalix


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 chidorisou; chidorisou / chidoriso; chidoriso
    ちどりそう; チドリソウ
(1) (kana only) (See 手形千鳥) fragrant orchid (Gymnadenia conopsea); (2) (See 飛燕草) rocket larkspur (Consolida ajacis)


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the four gentlemen (plum, chrysanthemum, orchid, and bamboo)

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

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
ranlán / lan2 / lan
Orchid Queen蘭花女王
lán huā nǚ wáng
lan2 hua1 nv3 wang2
lan hua nv wang
lan hua nü wang
Orchid Queen蘭后
lán hòu / lan2 hou4 / lan hou / lanhou
mi ran / miranmǐ lán / mi3 lan2 / mi lan / milan
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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