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Japanese Snapping Turtle / Chinese Soft Shell Turtle

China biē
Japan suppon
Japanese Snapping Turtle / Chinese Soft Shell Turtle

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.

Heart of Judo

China róu
Japan yawara
Heart of Judo

This Kanji literally means flexible, pliable, gentle, or yielding. 柔 is also the first Kanji of the Japanese martial arts titles of Judo and Jujutsu (Jujitsu). In those cases, it's pronounced "ju" in Japanese. However, alone, the classic pronunciation is "yawara." Some translate this Kanji (in the context of martial arts) as "The Heart of Judo."

Please note that this just means pliable, gentle, and yielding in Chinese and old Korean Hanja. They do know what Judo and Jujitsu are but if this character is seen alone in China or Korea, people generally will not think of the martial arts context.

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

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Mandarin/ he2
Taiwan ho
Japanese wataru / わたる    wazusaki / わずさき    wazaki / わざき    wasaki / わさき    wakana / わかな    yoshi / よし    yawara / やわら    yamato / やまと    yasura / やすら    yasushi / やすし    yasu / やす    mutsumi / むつみ    madoka / まどか    masa / まさ    honoka / ほのか    hiyori / ひより    hina / ひな    hitoshi / ひとし    hasuyo / はすよ    hasumura / はすむら    nodoka / のどか    nishizaki / にしざき    niko / にこ    nigi / にぎ    nami / なみ    nagoya / なごや    nagomu / なごむ    nagomi / なごみ    nagi / なぎ    takashi / たかし    taira / たいら    shizu / しず    koharu / こはる    kotau / こたう    kanon / かん    kanoo / かのん    kanoe / かのお    kanou / kano / かのえ    kanao / かのう    kanae / かなお    kanau / かなえ    kazuyuki / かなう    kazunori / かずゆき    kazutomo / かずのり    kazuji / かずとも    kazuzaki / かずじ    kazuko / かずざき    kazuki / かずこ    kazu / かずき    izumi / かず    amane / いずみ    aeru / あまね    ai / あえる
Chinese to mix (ingredients) together; to blend; classifier for rinses of clothes; classifier for boilings of medicinal herbs; to combine a powdery substance (flour, plaster etc) with water; Taiwan pr. [huo4]; to complete a set in mahjong or playing cards; to compose a poem in reply (to sb's poem) using the same rhyme sequence; to join in the singing; to chime in with others; and; together with; with; sum; union; peace; harmony; Taiwan pr. [han4] when it means "and" or "with"; surname He; Japanese (food, clothes etc)
Japanese (1) (mathematics term) sum; (2) harmony; peace; (n,n-pref,adj-no) (3) Japan; Japanese-style; (noun or adjectival noun) (kana only) soft; fragile; weak; poorly built; insubstantial; (adj-nari) (archaism) tranquil; calm; quiet; peaceful; calm (at sea); lull; (given name) Wataru; (surname) Wazusaki; (surname) Wazaki; (surname) Wasaki; (female given name) Wakana; (surname, given name) Wa; (female given name) Yori; (given name) Yoshi; (surname, female given name) Yawara; (female given name) Yamato; (female given name) Yasura; (given name) Yasushi; (female given name) Yasu; (female given name) Mutsumi; (female given name) Madoka; (personal name) Masa; (female given name) Honoka; (female given name) Hiyori; (female given name) Hina; (male given name) Hito
Harmony, peace; to blend, mix; with, unite with; respond, rhyme; to be soft
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Mandarin róu / rou2
Taiwan jou
Japanese juu / ju / じゅう
Chinese soft; flexible; supple; yielding; rho (Greek letter Ρρ)
Japanese (ant: 剛) softness; gentleness; weakness; (surname, female given name) Yawara; (personal name) Munemasa; (personal name) Munekiyo; (personal name) Munekawa; (personal name) Muneo; (personal name) Norio; (personal name) Souseki; (personal name) Soukawa
Pliant, yielding, soft.
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Mandarin biē / bie1
Taiwan pieh
Japanese suppon;suppon / すっぽん;スッポン
Chinese variant of 鱉|鳖[bie1]
Japanese (kana only) Chinese soft-shelled turtle (Pelodiscus sinensis); soft-shelled turtle (Trionychidae); (surname) Kame
A turtle, tortoise.


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Mandarin wēn róu / wen1 rou2
Taiwan wen jou
Chinese gentle and soft; tender
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Mandarin yuán / yuan2
Taiwan yüan
Japanese meguru / めぐる    mitsu / みつ    maroshi / まろし    maroka / まろか    maru / まる    madoka / まどか    nodoka / のどか    tsubura / つぶら    en / えん
Chinese yen (Japanese currency); Japanese variant of 圓|圆
Japanese (1) circle; (n,n-pref) (2) entirety; whole; full; complete; (3) (slang) money; dough; moola; (4) enclosure inside a castle's walls; (5) (ksb:) soft-shelled turtle; (suffix) (6) suffix for ship names; suffix for names of people (esp. infants); suffix for names of swords, armour, musical instruments, etc.; suffix for names of dogs, horses, etc.; (1) yen; Japanese monetary unit; (2) circle; (female given name) Meguru; (female given name) Mitsu; (given name) Maroshi; (female given name) Maroka; (surname, given name) Maru; (surname, female given name) Madoka; (female given name) Nodoka; (surname, female given name) Tsubura; (surname, female given name) En
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Mandarin tuán / tuan2
Taiwan t`uan / tuan
Japanese madoka / まどか    dan / だん
Chinese round; lump; ball; to roll into a ball; to gather; regiment; group; society; classifier for a lump or a soft mass: wad (of paper), ball (of wool), cloud (of smoke)
Japanese (personal name) Madoka; (surname, given name) Dan
Round; a ball, mass, lump; a group, company, train-band.

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Mandarin nèn / nen4
Taiwan nen
Japanese waka / わか    futaba / ふたば
Chinese tender; soft; delicate; light (color); inexperienced; unskilled
Japanese (female given name) Waka; (surname, given name) Futaba

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Mandarin háo / hao2
Taiwan hao
Japanese gō
Chinese hair; drawing brush; (in the) least; one thousandth; currency unit, 0.1 yuan
Down, soft hair; minute, trifling, tiny; long, very fine hair

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Mandarin wēn / wen1
Taiwan wen
Japanese on
Chinese warm; lukewarm; temperature; to warm up; mild; soft; tender; to review (a lesson etc); fever (TCM); old variant of 瘟[wen1]; surname Wen
Warm, mild, bland, gentle; acquainted with; to warm.

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Mandarin làn / lan4
Taiwan lan
Japanese ran / らん
Chinese soft; mushy; well-cooked and soft; to rot; to decompose; rotten; worn out; chaotic; messy; utterly; thoroughly; crappy; bad
Japanese (adj-t,adv-to) (obscure) brilliant; bright; (female given name) Ran
Glittering, as iridescent fish; to rot

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Mandarin chóu / chou2
Taiwan ch`ou / chou
Japanese tsumugu / つむぐ    tsumugi / つむぎ
Chinese silk
Japanese pongee (soft thin cloth woven from raw silk); (female given name) Tsumugu; (surname, female given name) Tsumugi

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Mandarin/ xi4
Taiwan hsi
Japanese hoso / ほそ    sai / さい
Chinese thin or slender; finely particulate; thin and soft; fine; delicate; trifling; (of a sound) quiet; frugal
Japanese (1) (abbreviation) (See 細引き,細糸) fine thread; hempen cord; (prefix noun) (2) slender; narrow; weak; (suffix noun) (3) (as ぼそ) narrowness; (See 微に入り細を穿つ) detail; details; (surname) Hososaki; (surname) Hoso; (surname) Takaboso; (female given name) Sasara
Fine, small, minute, in detail: careful; subtle

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Mandarin mián / mian2
Taiwan mien
Japanese men / めん
Chinese silk floss; continuous; soft; weak; mild-mannered (dialect)
Japanese cotton; (surname) Watazaki; (surname, given name) Wata; (female given name) Men
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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Mandarin ér / er2
Taiwan erh
Chinese overcooked; soft

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Mandarin/ ni4
Taiwan ni
Japanese ji / あぶら
Chinese greasy; soft; unctuous; intimate; tired of
Japanese fat; tallow; lard; grease
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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Mandarin rěn / ren3
Taiwan jen
Japanese e / え
Chinese beefsteak plant (Perilla frutescens); soft; weak
Japanese (archaism) (See 荏胡麻) egoma (type of perilla); Perilla frutescens var. frutescens
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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Mandarin lìn / lin4
Taiwan lin
Japanese i;i / い;イ
Chinese juncus effusus; surname Lin
Japanese (kana only) soft rush (Juncus effusus var. decipiens); (female given name) Rin; (place-name) Ino

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Mandarin chù / chu4
Taiwan ch`u / chu
Japanese fure / ふれ
Chinese to touch; to make contact with something; to stir up sb's emotions
Japanese (surname) Fure
To butt, strike against; contact. sparśa, touch, contact, collision, the quality of tangibility, feeling, sensation. M.W. Eleven kinds of sensation are given— hot, cold, hard, soft, etc. sparśa is one of the twelve nidānas, cf. 十二因緣, and of the sadāyatana, cf. 六入. It is also used with the meaning of 濁 unclean.

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Mandarin ruǎn / ruan3
Taiwan juan
Japanese nan / なん
Chinese soft; flexible
Japanese (adj-t,adv-to) (ant: 硬) soft
soft, yielding.

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Mandarin qīng / qing1
Taiwan ch`ing / ching
Japanese kyō
Chinese light; easy; gentle; soft; reckless; unimportant; frivolous; small in number; unstressed; neutral; to disparage
Light; frivolous; to slight; light (not heavy)

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Mandarin ruǎn / ruan3
Taiwan juan
Japanese nan
Chinese variant of 軟|软[ruan3]
Soft, yielding, pliant, supple.

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Mandarin/ su1
Taiwan su
Japanese so / そ
Chinese flaky pastry; crunchy; limp; soft; silky
Japanese condensed milk
Curd, butter; crisp. It is described as produced by churning milk or treating it with herbs. Milk produces 酪, then 生酥, then 熟酥, then 醍醐.

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Mandarin xiàn / xian4
Taiwan hsien
Japanese arare / あられ
Chinese graupel; snow pellet; soft hail
Japanese (1) (See 雹) hail (esp. hailballs under 5 mm); graupel; (2) {food} dicing; small cubes; (3) (abbreviation) (See 霰餅) roasted mochi pieces (usu. flavoured with soy sauce, etc.); (place-name) Arare

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Mandarin wéi / wei2
Taiwan wei
Japanese uei / ue / うえい    u / う    i / い
Chinese soft leather; surname Wei
Japanese (personal name) Uei; (surname) U; (surname) I
A thong; translit. for vi, ve, vai sounds.

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Mandarin xíng / xing2
Taiwan hsing
Chinese maltose syrup; molasses; heavy (eyelids); drowsy-eyed; listless; (of dough, candy etc) to soften; to become soft and sticky

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Mandarin suǐ / sui3
Taiwan sui
Japanese zui
Chinese marrow; essence; quintessence; pith (soft interior of plant stem)

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Mandarin biē / bie1
Taiwan pieh
Chinese freshwater soft-shelled turtle

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Mandarin miàn / mian4
Taiwan mien
Chinese flour; noodles; (of food) soft (not crunchy); (slang) (of a person) ineffectual; spineless

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Japanese yawa / ヤワ Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) (kana only) soft; fragile; weak; poorly built; insubstantial

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Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Japanese Snapping Turtle
Chinese Soft Shell Turtle
suppon / suponbiē / bie1 / biepieh
Heart of Judoyawararóu / rou2 / roujou

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