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Goat / Sheep

Year of the Goat / Zodiac Sign
Goat  /  Sheep Scroll

羊 is the character for goat or sheep in Chinese, old Korean, and Japanese.

If you were born in the year of the goat (sheep), you . . .

Are sophisticated and considerate
Can always find the best solution to problems.
Are tolerant.
Are not afraid of hardship.
Know how to save money (thrifty).

See also our Chinese Zodiac page.

xiǎo yáng
Lamb Scroll

小羊 means lamb (literally "little sheep") in Chinese and Japanese.

Better Late Than Never

It's Never Too Late Too Mend
wáng yáng bǔ láo yóu wèi wéi wǎn
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Long ago in what is now China, there were many kingdoms throughout the land. This time period is known as "The Warring States Period" by historians because these kingdoms often did not get along with each other.

Some time around 279 B.C. the Kingdom of Chu was a large but not particularly powerful kingdom. Part of the reason it lacked power was the fact that the King was surrounded by "yes men" who told him only what he wanted to hear. Many of the King's court officials were corrupt and incompetent which did not help the situation.

The King was not blameless himself, as he started spending much of his time being entertained by his many concubines.

One of the King's ministers, Zhuang Xin, saw problems on the horizon for the Kingdom, and warned the King, "Your Majesty, you are surrounded by people who tell you what you want to hear. They tell you things to make you happy, and cause you to ignore important state affairs. If this is allowed to continue, the Kingdom of Chu will surely perish, and fall into ruins".

This enraged the King who scolded Zhuang Xin for insulting the country and accused him of trying to create resentment among the people. Zhuang Xin explained, "I dare not curse the Kingdom of Chu but I feel that we face great danger in the future because of the current situation". The King was simply not impressed with Zhuang Xin's words.
Seeing the King's displeasure with him and the King's fondness for his court of corrupt officials, Zhuang Xin asked permission of the King that he may take leave of the Kingdom of Chu, and travel to the State of Zhao to live. The King agreed, and Zhuang Xin left the Kingdom of Chu, perhaps forever.

Five months later, troops from the neighboring Kingdom of Qin invaded Chu, taking a huge tract of land. The King of Chu went into exile, and it appeared that soon, the Kingdom of Chu would no longer exist.

The King of Chu remembered the words of Zhuang Xin, and sent some of his men to find him. Immediately, Zhuang Xin returned to meet the King. The first question asked by the King was, "What can I do now?"

Zhuang Xin told the King this story:

A shepherd woke one morning to find a sheep missing. Looking at the pen saw a hole in the fence where a wolf had come through to steal one of his sheep. His friends told him that he had best fix the hole at once. But the Shepherd thought since the sheep is already gone, there is no use fixing the hole.
The next morning, another sheep was missing. And the Shepherd realized that he must mend the fence at once. Zhuang Xin then went on to make suggestions about what could be done to reclaim the land lost to the Kingdom of Qin, and reclaim the former glory and integrity in the Kingdom of Chu.

The Chinese idiom shown above came from this reply from Zhuang Xin to the King of Chu almost 2,300 years ago.
It translates roughly into English as...
"Even if you have lost some sheep, it's never too late to mend the fence".

This proverb is often used in modern China when suggesting in a hopeful way that someone change their ways, or fix something in their life. It might be used to suggest fixing a marriage, quit smoking, or getting back on track after taking an unfortunate path in life among other things one might fix in their life.

I suppose in the same way that we might say, "Today is the first day of the rest of your life" in our western cultures to suggest that you can always start anew.

Note: This does have Korean pronunciation but is not a well-known proverb in Korean (only Koreans familiar with ancient Chinese history would know it). Best if your audience is Chinese.

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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
hitsujiyáng / yang2 / yang
Lamb小羊kohitsujixiǎo yáng
xiao3 yang2
xiao yang
hsiao yang
Better Late Than Never亡羊補牢猶未為晚
wáng yáng bǔ láo yóu wèi wéi wǎn
wang2 yang2 bu3 lao2 you2 wei4 wei2 wan3
wang yang bu lao you wei wei wan
wang yang pu lao yu wei wei wan
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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Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your sheep search...


If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition

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 ookami(p); ookame(ok); oinu(ok); ookami
    おおかみ(P); おおかめ(ok); おいぬ(ok); オオカミ
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wolf; CL:匹[pi3],隻|只[zhi1],條|条[tiao2]
(1) (kana only) wolf (Canis lupus); (2) wolf in sheep's clothing; womanizer; (surname) Ookami
A wolf; fierce.

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 hitsuji(p); hitsuji
    ひつじ(P); ヒツジ
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sheep; goat; CL:頭|头[tou2],隻|只[zhi1]
sheep (Ovis aries); (female given name) You
avi, a sheep, goat, ram; a sheep


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duō lì
    duo1 li4
to li
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Dolly (1996-2003), female sheep, first mammal to be cloned from an adult somatic cell
(surname) Dari

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the bleating of sheep; final particle which transforms statements into questions that indicate doubt or surprise (Cantonese)

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clay sheep buried with the dead

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not yet; did not; have not; not; 8th earthly branch: 1-3 p.m., 6th solar month (7th July-6th August), year of the Sheep; ancient Chinese compass point: 210°
(prefix) not yet; un-; (female given name) Mirei
Not yet; the future; 1-3 p. m; not yet

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a wooden or bamboo pen for sheep or cattle; wood or bamboo trestlework; a warehouse; (computing) stack
(surname) Kakebashi

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female sheep; place name

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to bleat (of a sheep)

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wool of sheep

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variant of 群[qun2]
A flock of sheep, herd, multitude, the flock, crowd, all.

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a flock of sheep (or goats); old variant of 膻[shan1]; old variant of 羶[shan1]

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rank odor (of sheep or goats)

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to mix; to blend; to dilute; to adulterate
Crowding sheep, confusion; translit. kṣan, ṣan; crowding sheep

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rank odor (of sheep or goats)

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curdled milk or fruit juice; also pr. [luo4]
(See 五味・2) acidic drink made from fermented milk (cow, sheep, mare; one of the five flavors in Buddhism)
dadhi, a thick, sour milk which is highly esteemed as a food and as a remedy or preventive; cream


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dīng wèi
    ding1 wei4
ting wei
 hinotohitsuji; teibi / hinotohitsuji; tebi
    ひのとひつじ; ていび
forty-fourth year D8 of the 60 year cycle, e.g. 1967 or 2027
(See 干支・1) Fire Sheep (44th year of the sexagenary cycle, e.g. 1907, 1967, 2027); (place-name) Teimi


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sān shēng
    san1 sheng1
san sheng
the three sacrificial animals (originally cow, sheep and pig; later pig, chicken and fish)


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yǐ wèi
    yi3 wei4
i wei
 kinotohitsuji; itsubi; otsubi
    きのとひつじ; いつび; おつび
thirty-second year B8 of the 60 year cycle, e.g. 1955 or 2015
(See 干支・1) Wood Sheep (32nd year of the sexagenary cycle, e.g. 1955, 2015, 2075); (given name) Otomi


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 bouyou / boyo
lost sheep; (given name) Bouyou


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gōng yáng
    gong1 yang2
kung yang
ram (male sheep)


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liù chù
    liu4 chu4
liu ch`u
    liu chu
six domestic animals, namely: pig, cow, sheep, horse, chicken and dog
The six animals likened to the six organs 六根, v. 六衆生.



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yǎ yáng
    ya3 yang2
ya yang
(啞羊僧) A dumb sheep (monk), stupid, one who does not know good from bad, nor enough to repent of sin; dumb sheep


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tài láo
    tai4 lao2
t`ai lao
    tai lao
(in ancient times) sacrificial animal (cow, sheep or pig)



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hài mǎ
    hai4 ma3
hai ma
lit. the black horse of the herd; fig. troublemaker; the black sheep of the family


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jǐ wèi
    ji3 wei4
chi wei
 tsuchinotohitsuji; kibi
    つちのとひつじ; きび
fifty-sixth year F8 of the 60 year cycle, e.g. 1979 or 2039
(See 干支・1) Earth Sheep (56th year of the sexagenary cycle, e.g. 1919, 1979, 2039)


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rǎng yáng
    rang3 yang2
jang yang
to take home sb else's stray sheep


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fàng yáng
    fang4 yang2
fang yang
to tend a flock of sheep; to let sheep out to pasture; fig. to throw off the reins; to leave sb alone; acting freely and irresponsibly


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year of the sheep


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niú yáng
    niu2 yang2
niu yang
cattle and sheep; livestock

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