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五月 is the month of May in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.
This was originally the fifth month of the Chinese lunar year, now used for the fifth month of the Gregorian calendar (also known as the Western or Christian calendar). 五月 literally mean "fifth month" or "fifth moon".
Note: Sometimes Japanese parents will use this as a female given name, and use "Mei" (the sound of May in English) as the pronunciation.
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|Title||Characters||Romaji (Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|The Month of May||五月||satsuki / go gatsu|
satsuki / gogatsu
|wǔ yuè / wu3 yue4 / wu yue / wuyue||wu yüeh / wuyüeh|
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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese
|Simple Dictionary Definition|
| wǔ yuè / wu3 yue4
mei / me / めい
May; fifth month (of the lunar year)
(1) (obsolete) fifth month of the lunar calendar; (2) (kana only) satsuki azalea (Rhododendron indicum); (adverbial noun) May; (female given name) Mei
| wǔ / wu3
uma / うま
7th earthly branch: 11 a.m.-1 p.m., noon, 5th solar month (6th June-6th July), year of the Horse; ancient Chinese compass point: 180° (south)
seventh sign of the Chinese zodiac (The Horse, 11am-1pm, south, May); (personal name) Kogoe
| sì / si4
mi / み
6th earthly branch: 9-11 a.m., 4th solar month (5th May-5th June), year of the Snake; ancient Chinese compass point: 150°
sixth sign of the Chinese zodiac (The Serpent, 9am-11am, south-southeast, April); (female given name) Mi
| chén / chen2
ch`en / chen
tatsu / たつ
5th earthly branch: 7-9 a.m., 3rd solar month (5th April-4th May), year of the Dragon; ancient Chinese compass point: 120°
fifth sign of the Chinese zodiac (The Dragon, 7am-9am, east-southeast, March); (given name) Yoshi
Hour; time; the celestial bodies.
| shì sè zhà / shi4 se4 zha4
shih se cha
The month Jyaiṣṭha (May-June), when the full moon is in the constellation Jyeṣṭhā.
| jì shǐ zhà / ji4 shi3 zha4
chi shih cha
Jyaiṣṭha, the month in May-June.
|gogatsu / ごがつ||(1) May; (2) fifth month of the lunar calendar|
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