The name Tengu in Chinese / Japanese...

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 tiān gǒu
 ten gu
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天狗 is the Japanese title for Tengu, which roughly translates as “heavenly dog.”

Tengu is a type of legendary creature found in Japanese folk religion and is also considered a type of Shinto god (kami) or yōkai (supernatural being).

The origin is Chinese, though this term is seldom used in Chinese anymore. It was a dog-like Chinese demon (Tiangou)

Although the title contains the word “dog,” the tengu are often depicted with human and bird-like characteristics. Sometimes they have large noses or beaks like birds.

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Simple Dictionary Definition


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tiān gǒu
    tian1 gou3
t`ien kou
    tien kou

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(1) tengu; red-faced and long-nosed goblin said to reside deep in the mountains; (2) (idiom) bragging; conceit; braggart; boaster; conceited person; (surname) Tengu
ulkā, 憂流迦the 'heavenly dog' i. e. a meteor. Also 'a star in Argo' according to Williams.


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(place-name) Tengu


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zhǎn jù
    zhan3 ju4
chan chü
spread cloth


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(noun or adjectival noun) (1) having a prominent nose; having a long nose; person with a prominent nose; (noun or adjectival noun) (2) prideful; boastful; prideful person; (3) (See 天狗・1) tengu; (place-name) Hanadaka


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(See 天狗・1) hattengu; tengu said to live among the 8 mountains of Atago, Hira, Daisen, Ōmine, Kurama, Iizuna, Hiko, and Shiramine


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 daitengu; ootengu
    だいてんぐ; おおてんぐ
(1) (See 天狗・1) large tengu; powerful tengu; (2) (idiom) (See 天狗・2) big braggart; blowhard


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(See 能・2,天狗・1) category of noh plays who depict a tengu as the leading character; goblin piece


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(1) (idiom) boastful story; (2) (See 天狗・1) story about tengu


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 tengudou / tengudo
(See 天狗・1) world of the tengu; hell of the long-nosed goblins


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(1) (See 天狗・1) small tengu; (2) (idiom) promising young martial arts practitioner


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(See 天狗・1) golden tengu



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shàng shēng tiān gōng
    shang4 sheng1 tian1 gong1
shang sheng t`ien kung
    shang sheng tien kung
 jōshō tengū
to ascend to the heavenly palace



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tiān gōng bǎo zàng
    tian1 gong1 bao3 zang4
t`ien kung pao tsang
    tien kung pao tsang
 tengū hōzō
treasury of the sūtras


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(place-name) Tengu Falls


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(See 天狗・1) parlour game in which three people each write one line of a 5-7-5 poem (without seeing the other lines; often producing humorous results); tengu haiku


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(from the idea that such sounds came from trees being felled by tengu) (See 天狗・1) large sound of unknown source heard on a forested mountain


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 tengutarou / tengutaro
(person) Tengu Tarō


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(See 木の葉天狗・このはてんぐ) weak tengu (goblin)


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(See 天狗・1) Kurama tengu; tengu of Kyoto's Mount Kurama, said to have taught the art of war to Minamoto no Yoshitsune


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(exp,v5r) (idiom) (See 天狗・てんぐ・1) to get conceited; to become vain; to get stuck up; to get a swollen head; to become a tengu


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(exp,n) (See 天狗・1) weak tengu


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(place-name) Tengu Tunnel


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(1) (idiom) boastful story; (2) (See 天狗・1) story about tengu


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(See 天狗・1) small, crow-billed tengu


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(rare) (See 天狗・1,木の葉天狗) weak tengu; small tengu

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

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Tengu天狗ten gu / tengutiān gǒu / tian1 gou3 / tian gou / tiangout`ien kou / tienkou / tien kou

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