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Pearl in the Palm

zhǎng shàng míng zhū
Pearl in the Palm Vertical Wall Scroll

This Chinese proverb literally means, "a pearl in the palm."

Figuratively, this is used to describe, or as a title for, a beloved person. This can especially apply to a daughter.

Iron Palm

tiě zhǎng
Iron Palm Vertical Wall Scroll

These two characters mean "iron palm," the martial arts technique taught by Brian Gray and others.

This term can mean different things to different people. The consensus is that rather than a type or style of martial arts, this is a technique for refining hand position and strengthening of hands to strike blows for with maximum force and effect.

The regime may include herbal treatments and special exercises to fortify the hands.

In more extreme versions, the carpals and metacarpal bones in the hand are systematically broken, so that when they heal, they will become stronger.

Japanese note: This does make sense in Japanese (though the version shown above is the ancient form of the first Kanji) this is far from a commonly-known term.

Ba Gua Zhang

Martial arts term
bā guà zhǎng
Ba Gua Zhang Vertical Wall Scroll

八卦掌 is the title Baguazhang, a form of Chinese boxing.

Literally-translated, this means, "Eight Trigrams Palm.

You will see this romanized as, "Ba Gua Zhang," or "Pa Kua Chang" (same characters, just different romanization used in mainland China versus Taiwan).

八卦掌 is also known in Japan as hakkeshou or hakkesho.

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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
Pearl in the Palm掌上明珠zhǎng shàng míng zhū
zhang3 shang4 ming2 zhu1
zhang shang ming zhu
chang shang ming chu
Iron Palm鐵掌
tetsu-tenohiratiě zhǎng
tie3 zhang3
tie zhang
t`ieh chang
tieh chang
Ba Gua Zhang八卦掌hakkeshou / hakeshobā guà zhǎng
ba1 gua4 zhang3
ba gua zhang
pa kua chang
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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 adan / アダン
Ba Gua Zhang Vertical Wall Scroll
(kana only) screw pine (Pandanus fascicularis); pandanus palm; pandanus fruit


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bā guà zhǎng / ba1 gua4 zhang3
pa kua chang
 hakkeshou / hakkesho / はっけしょう
Ba Gua Zhang Vertical Wall Scroll
baguazhang (a form of Chinese boxing)
{MA} eight trigrams palm; ba gua zhang; pa kua chang



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pú tí shù / pu2 ti2 shu4
p`u t`i shu / pu ti shu
 bodaiju;bodaiju / ぼだいじゅ;ボダイジュ
pipal tree (Ficus religiosa); bo fig tree; Bodhi tree (sacred to Buddhism and Hinduism)
(1) Tilia miqueliana (species of linden tree); (2) (See インドボダイジュ) sacred fig (Ficus religiosa); bodhi tree; bo tree; peepal tree; pipal tree; (given name) Bodaiju
bodhidruma, bodhitaru, bodhivṛkṣa; the wisdom-tree, i.e. that under which Śākyamuni attained his enlightenment, and became Buddha. The Ficus religiosa is the pippala, or aśvattha, wrongly identified by Faxian as the palm-tree; it is described as an evergreen, to have been 400 feet high, been cut down several times, but in the Tang dynasty still to be 40 or 50 feet high. A branch of it is said to have been sent by Aśoka to Ceylon, from which sprang the celebrated Bo-tree still flourishing there; bodhi-tree


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zhǎng shàng míng zhū / zhang3 shang4 ming2 zhu1
chang shang ming chu
Ba Gua Zhang Vertical Wall Scroll
lit. a pearl in the palm (idiom); fig. beloved person (esp. daughter)

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/ ba1
 pa / パ
to long for; to wish; to cling to; to stick to; something that sticks; close to; next to; spread open; informal abbr. for bus 巴士[ba1 shi4]; bar (unit of pressure); nominalizing suffix on certain nouns, such as 尾巴[wei3 ba5], tail
(abbreviation) (See パーリ語) Pali language; (personal name) He
The open hand, palm; to lay hold of; to flatter.

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tuō / tuo1
t`o / to
prop; support (for weight); rest (e.g. arm rest); thanks to; to hold in one's hand; to support in one's palm; to give; to base; to commit; to set; torr (unit of pressure)
To carry on the palm, entrust to; to entrust

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tuò / tuo4
t`o / to
 taku / ひろむ
to expand; to push something with the hand; to develop; to open up
(female given name) Hiromu
Carry (on the palm), entrust to, pretext, extend; squeeze

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zhǎng / zhang3
 shō / しょうご
palm of the hand; sole of the foot; paw; horseshoe; to slap; to hold in one's hand; to wield
palm (of one's hand); (personal name) Shougo
A palm, a paw; to grasp, control, administer.

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xuān / xuan1
to roll up one's sleeves; to slap with the palm

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láng / lang2

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bèi / bei4
pattra; 梖多葉 the palm-leaves used for writing; the梖多樹 is erroneously said to be the borassus flabelliformis, described as 60 or 70 feet high, not deciduous, the bark used for writing.

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zōng / zong1
palm; palm fiber; coir (coconut fiber); brown

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/ ye1
coconut palm; Taiwan pr. [ye2]

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bīng / bing1
betel palm (Areca catechu); betel nut; Taiwan pr. [bin1]
The areca or betel-nut, i.e. 檳榔 pūga, the areca catechu, or betel-nut tree; the areca or betel-nut

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/ lu:2
palm tree


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 hira / ヒラ (1) something broad and flat; palm of the hand; (2) common; ordinary; (3) (abbreviation) low-ranking employee; freshman; novice; private


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 yashi / ヤシ (kana only) palm tree; (place-name) Iasi (Roumania)



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yī shě / yi1 she3
i she
 ichiyou;hitoha / ichiyo;hitoha / いちよう;ひとは
(1) one leaf; (2) (いちよう only) one page; one sheet; one card; one photo; (3) (archaism) one boat; (female given name) Hitoha
A leaf; a palm-leaf or page of a sūtra; a leaf


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jiǎ mào / jia3 mao4
chia mao
to impersonate; to pose as (someone else); to counterfeit; to palm off (a fake as a genuine)


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fǎn zhǎng / fan3 zhang3
fan chang
lit. to turn over one's palm; fig. everything is going very well.


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 hataku / はたく (transitive verb) (1) (kana only) to dust; to remove dust; (2) (kana only) to slap; to hit (with the palm); (3) (kana only) to use up money



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duō luó / duo1 luo2
to lo
 tara / たら
(1) (abbreviation) (See 多羅樹) palmyra; (2) (abbreviation) (See 多羅葉) lusterleaf holly; (3) patra (silver incense dish placed in front of a Buddhist statue); (surname, female given name) Tara
tārā, in the sense of starry, or scintillation; Tāla, for the fan-palm; Tara, from 'to pass over', a ferry, etc. Tārā, starry, piercing, the eye, the pupil; the last two are both Sanskrit and Chinese definitions; it is a term applied to certain female deities and has been adopted especially by Tibetan Buddhism for certain devīs of the Tantric school. The origin of the term is also ascribed to tar meaning 'to cross', i. e. she who aids to cross the sea of mortality. Getty, 19-27. The Chinese derivation is the eye; the tara devīs; either as śakti or independent, are little known outside Lamaism. Tāla is the palmyra, or fan-palm, whose leaves are used for writing and known as 具多 Pei-to, pattra. The tree is described as 70 or 80 feet high, with fruit like yellow rice-seeds; the borassus eabelliformis; a measure of 70 feet. Taras, from to cross over, also means a ferry, and a bank, or the other shore. Also 呾囉; a palm [leaf ; tree]


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bā zhǎng / ba1 zhang3
pa chang
palm of the hand; classifier: slap


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píng shǒu / ping2 shou3
p`ing shou / ping shou
 hirate / ひらて
(sports) draw; tie
(1) palm; open hand; (2) {shogi} playing on equal terms; lack of handicap; (surname) Hirade


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shǒu xīn / shou3 xin1
shou hsin
 tegokoro / てごころ
palm (of one's hand); control (extended meaning from having something in the palm of one's hand)
discretion; consideration; allowance


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shǒu zhǎng / shou3 zhang3
shou chang
 shushou / shusho / しゅしょう
(adj-na,n,adj-no) palmar; palm
palm of the hand; palm of the hand


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 tease / てあせ palm sweat


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shǒu xiàng / shou3 xiang4
shou hsiang
 tesou / teso / てそう
palmistry; features of a palm (in palmistry)
(noun/participle) palm reading


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 tesuji / てすじ lines of the palm; aptitude; handwriting; apt move (in a go or shogi game); standard method



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shǒu lún / shou3 lun2
shou lun
The lines on the palm and fingers— especially the 'thousand' lines on a Buddha's hand; whorls

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