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This Chinese, Japanese, and old Korean word means shell or carapace.

This can also refer to the earth's crust or the husk of a seed or nut.

Japanese Snapping Turtle / Chinese Soft Shell Turtle

Japanese Snapping Turtle / Chinese Soft Shell Turtle Scroll

鼈 refers to a species of turtle.

Sinensis Turtle

鼈 is Trionyx Sinensis.

鼈 refers to different turtles in different languages. See individual language notes below:

Japanese: 鼈 means "snapping turtle" or "mud turtle". But rarely used as a single Kanji like this in Japanese.

Chinese: 鼈 means soft-shelled turtle. A specific species, Trionyx Sinensis which is native to Asia.
In China, this species is related to the "wang ba", a soft-shelled turtle sometimes known in English as a banjo turtle (due to its long neck, and general shape). Unfortunately, there is a word, "wang ba dan" which means the egg of this species of turtle. That term has come to mean "bastard" in Chinese (a turtle hatches from an abandoned egg, and does not know who his mother or father is). 鼈 is not a good selection for a wall scroll if your audience is Chinese.

In Korean, this character can be pronounced (though most Koreans would have to look it up in a dictionary). It has not been in common use in Korea for at least a few hundred years.

General notes: You may notice that the bottom half of this character is the same as some other turtle-related titles. That bottom half is actually an ancient character that means "toad". 黽 Though not see in this way today, most turtle-related characters hold the meaning of "a toad with a shell" in their ancient origin. That toad character is rarely used alone anymore but you can see what it looks like in the image to the right.

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

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
kokuqiào / qiao4 / qiaoch`iao / chiao
Japanese Snapping Turtle
Chinese Soft Shell Turtle
suppon / suponbiē / bie1 / biepieh
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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qiào / qiao4
ch`iao / chiao
Japanese Snapping Turtle / Chinese Soft Shell Turtle Scroll
shell; carapace; crust (earth's crust etc); also pr. [ke2]
Husk, shell; husk

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jiè / jie4
 kai / たすく
to introduce; to lie between; between; shell; armor
(given name) Tasuku
scales, mail: important; resolute, firm; an attendant; petty, small; to bring together

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/ ya3
dumb; mute; hoarse; husky; unexploded (of artillery shell etc)
eḍa, dumb; eḍamūka, deaf and dumb, unable to express oneself; translit. a, v. 阿.

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dài / dai4
 taikou / taiko / たいこう
tortoise shell; turtle
(given name) Taikou

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/ ke1
k`o / ko
jade-like stone
White jade shell; translit. k, khr; white jade shell

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quán / quan2
ch`üan / chüan
jade; shell

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jiǎ / jia3
 kou / ko / こう
first of the ten Heavenly Stems 十天干[shi2 tian1 gan1]; (used for an unspecified person or thing); first (in a list, as a party to a contract etc); letter "A" or roman "I" in list "A, B, C", or "I, II, III" etc; armor plating; shell or carapace; (of the fingers or toes) nail; bladed leather or metal armor (old); ranking system used in the Imperial examinations (old); civil administration unit in the baojia 保甲[bao3 jia3] system (old); ancient Chinese compass point: 75°
(1) carapace; shell; (2) 1st in rank; grade A; (3) instep; back of hand; (4) (See 乙・おつ・1) the A party (e.g. in a contract); the first party; plaintiff (label in legal documents); (surname) Yoroi
Scale, mail; the first of the ten 'celestial stems '; armor

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/ pi2
p`i / pi
 kawa / かわ
leather; skin; fur; CL:張|张[zhang1]; pico- (one trillionth); naughty
(1) (See 革) skin; hide; pelt; fur; (2) rind; peel; husk; bark; (3) shell; sheath; wrapping; (4) (See 化けの皮・ばけのかわ,欲の皮が突っ張る・よくのかわがつっぱる) mask (hiding one's true nature); seeming; (personal name) Hi
皮革 Leather, skin, hide.

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 kaki / かき (kana only) oyster; oyster shell

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/ fu1
husk; outside shell of grain

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jiá / jia2
 saya / さや
pod (botany)
shell (e.g. of a pea); pod; hull; (female given name) Sayaka

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/ ba1
a kind of shell

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 awabi / あわび (kana only) abalone; ear shell; (place-name) Awabi

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tuì / tui4
t`ui / tui
 monuke / もぬけ    nukegara / ぬけがら
skin cast off during molting; exuvia; to pupate; to molt; to slough; to cast off an old skin or shell
shed skin of snake, insect, etc. (also place left behind); cast-off skin (snake, insect, etc.); husk; empty shell; exuvia; exuviae

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luó / luo2
 ra / ほらがい
spiral shell; snail; conch
(kana only) small spiral-shelled snail; (1) (kana only) whelk (esp. Neptunea and Buccinum spp.); (2) small spiral-shelled snail (esp. a pond snail); (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) small spiral-shelled snail (esp. a pond snail); (surname) Horagai
A conch, snail, spiral, screw; wine-cup

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zhuó / zhuo2
(ape); (shell)

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/ li4
 ka / か
(kana only) oyster; oyster shell; (surname) Ka

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bèi / bei4
 bai;bai / ばい;バイ
cowrie; shellfish; currency (archaic)
(1) (kana only) Japanese babylon (species of shelled mollusk, Babylonia japonica); Japanese ivory shell; (2) (abbreviation) (See 貝独楽) spinning top (traditionally made from a Japanese babylon shell); (female given name) Sheru
śaṅkha a shell, cowry, conch; valuables, riches; a large trumpet sounded to call the assembly together.

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hái / hai2
 kaiji / かいじ
bones of the body
(dead) body; corpse; shell; husk; hull; pod; chaff; (personal name) Kaiji

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bào / bao4
 boo / ぼお
(kana only) abalone; ear shell; (surname) Boo

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/ fu4
 fugu / ふぐ    awabi / あわび
Haliotis gigantea; sea ear
(kana only) puffer fish; blow fish; fugu; globefish; swellfish; (kana only) abalone; ear shell


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 kaki / カキ kaki; Japanese persimmon (Diospyros kaki); (kana only) oyster; oyster shell


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 baka / バカ (1) (kana only) fool; idiot; (2) (kana only) trivial matter; folly; absurdity; (adjectival noun) (3) (kana only) foolish; stupid; dull; absurd; ridiculous; (4) (abbreviation) (kana only) Mactra chinensis (species of trough shell); (personal name) Baka


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 kiboku / きぼく    kameura / かめうら tortoise-shell divination


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 kitsukou / kitsuko / きつこう tortoise shell; (personal name) Kitsukou


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wǔ tōng / wu3 tong1
wu t`ung / wu tung
 gotsū / ごつう
bottom bracket shell (in a bicycle frame); (Buddhism) the five supernatural powers (abbr. for 五神通)
(surname) Gotsuu
v. 五神通; five supernatural powers



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jiāo qián / jiao1 qian2
chiao ch`ien / chiao chien
to pay up; to shell out; to hand over the money to cover something


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 kaikaku / かいかく sea shell



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jiè qiào / jie4 qiao4
chieh ch`iao / chieh chiao
carapace; hard outer shell


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 kaikou / kaiko / かいこう crust-like shell

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