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Shell in Chinese / Japanese...

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China qiào
Japan koku
Shell Vertical Wall Scroll

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

China biē
Japan suppon
Japanese Snapping Turtle / Chinese Soft Shell Turtle Vertical Wall 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.

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition

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Mandarin/ ke2
Taiwan k`o / ko
Japanese koku
Japanese Snapping Turtle / Chinese Soft Shell Turtle Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese shell; carapace; crust (earth's crust etc); also pr. [ke2]
Husk, shell; husk

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

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Mandarin/ ya3
Taiwan ya
Japanese a
Chinese 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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Mandarin dài / dai4
Taiwan tai
Japanese taikou / taiko / たいこう
Chinese tortoise shell; turtle
Japanese (given name) Taikou

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Mandarin/ ke1
Taiwan k`o / ko
Japanese ka
Chinese jade-like stone
White jade shell; translit. k, khr; white jade shell

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Mandarin quán / quan2
Taiwan ch`üan / chüan
Chinese jade; shell

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Mandarin jiǎ / jia3
Taiwan chia
Japanese kan / こう
Chinese 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 (old); ancient Chinese compass point: 75°
Japanese (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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Mandarin/ pi2
Taiwan p`i / pi
Japanese hi / かわ
Chinese leather; skin; fur; CL:張|张[zhang1]; pico- (one trillionth); naughty
Japanese (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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Japanese kaki / かき Japanese (kana only) oyster; oyster shell

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Mandarin/ fu1
Taiwan fu
Chinese husk; outside shell of grain

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

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Mandarin/ ba1
Taiwan pa
Chinese a kind of shell

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

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Mandarin tuì / tui4
Taiwan t`ui / tui
Japanese monuke / もぬけ    nukegara / ぬけがら
Chinese skin cast off during molting; exuvia; to pupate; to molt; to slough; to cast off an old skin or shell
Japanese 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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Mandarin luó / luo2
Taiwan lo
Japanese ra / ほらがい
Chinese spiral shell; snail; conch
Japanese (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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Mandarin zhuó / zhuo2
Taiwan cho
Chinese (ape); (shell)

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Mandarin/ li4
Taiwan li
Japanese ka / か
Chinese oyster
Japanese (kana only) oyster; oyster shell; (surname) Ka

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Mandarin bèi / bei4
Taiwan pei
Japanese hai / ばい;バイ
Chinese cowrie; shellfish; currency (archaic)
Japanese (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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Mandarin hái / hai2
Taiwan hai
Japanese kaiji / かいじ
Chinese bones of the body
Japanese (dead) body; corpse; shell; husk; hull; pod; chaff; (personal name) Kaiji

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Mandarin bào / bao4
Taiwan pao
Japanese boo / ぼお
Chinese abalone
Japanese (kana only) abalone; ear shell; (surname) Boo

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


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


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Japanese baka / バカ Japanese (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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Japanese kiboku / きぼく    kameura / かめうら Japanese tortoise-shell divination


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


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



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


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Japanese kaikaku / かいかく Japanese sea shell



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


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Japanese kaikou / kaiko / かいこう Japanese crust-like shell

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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
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