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Unicorn

China dú jiǎo shòu
Unicorn Vertical Wall Scroll

獨角獸 is the Chinese name for the western unicorn (a horse with a spiral horn emerging from the head).

獨角獸 is an unusual title for a Chinese wall scroll but it's OK if you really love unicorns.

Chinese have their own ancient unicorn-like creature called a "qilin" (or kirin in Japanese).

Unicorn

Japan ikkakujuu
Unicorn Vertical Wall Scroll

一角獣 is the Japanese name for the western unicorn (a horse with a spiral horn emerging from the head). This can also refer to a narwhal depending on context.

一角獣 is an unusual title for a Japanese wall scroll but it's OK if you really love unicorns.

Japanese have their own ancient unicorn-like creature called a "kirin" (or qilin in the original Chinese).

Kirin / Giraffe / Mythical Creature

China qí lǐn
HK keilun
Japan kirin
Kirin / Giraffe / Mythical Creature Vertical Wall Scroll

麒麟 is the title of a mythical beast of Asia.

The animal is thought to be related to the giraffe, and in some ways, it is a giraffe. However, it is often depicted with the horns of a dragon or deer and sometimes with the body like a horse but many variations exist.

In Japanese it is pronounced "Kirin" as in "Kirin Ichiban" beer.

Kirin - Mythical Beast and Great Japanese Beer!
Notes:

1. 麒麟 is sometimes spelled as "kylin".

2. In Japanese, this is the only Kanji word for giraffe. Therefore in Japan, this word needs context to know whether you are talking about the mythical creature or the long-necked giraffe of Africa.

3. Apparently, this was the first word used for regular giraffes in China (some were brought from Africa to China during the Ming Dynasty - probably around the year 1400). Though the mythical creature may have existed before, the name "qilin" was given to the "new giraffe". 麒麟 is because, more than 600 years ago, giraffes somewhat matched the mythical creature's description when Chinese people saw them for the first time. Later, to avoid such an ambiguous title, a three-character word was devised to mean a "giraffe of Africa". The characters for "qilin" shown here are only for the mythological version in modern Chinese.

4. More information about the qilin / kirin from Wikipedia.

5. This creature is sometimes translated as the "Chinese Unicorn", even though it is generally portrayed with two horns. I think this is done more for the fantasy aspect of the unicorn and because most westerners don't know what a qilin or kirin is (this avoids a long explanation by the translator).

6. In Korean, this can mean kirin or simply giraffe (usually the mythological creature is what they would think of when seeing these characters alone on a wall scroll).

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Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your unicorn search...

Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

麒麟

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Mandarin qí lín / qi2 lin2
Taiwan ch`i lin / chi lin
Japanese kirin / きりん
Kirin / Giraffe / Mythical Creature Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese qilin (mythical Chinese animal); kylin; Chinese unicorn; commonly mistranslated as giraffe
Japanese (1) (kana only) giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis); (2) qilin (Chinese unicorn); (3) Kirin (brand of beer); (surname, female given name) Kirin
Male and female unicorns; the qilin in general.

一角獣

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Japanese ikkakujuu / ikkakuju / いっかくじゅう
Kirin / Giraffe / Mythical Creature Vertical Wall Scroll
Japanese (1) unicorn; (2) (See 一角・いっかく・3) narwhal; (3) (See 麒麟・2) qilin (Chinese unicorn)

獨角獸


独角兽

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Mandarin dú jiǎo shòu / du2 jiao3 shou4
Taiwan tu chiao shou
Kirin / Giraffe / Mythical Creature Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese unicorn

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Mandarin zhì / zhi4
Taiwan chih
Chinese unicorn


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Mandarin/ qi2
Taiwan ch`i / chi
Chinese piebald horse; used for 麒[qi2], mythical unicorn

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Mandarin lín / lin2
Taiwan lin
Chinese variant of 麟[lin2], female unicorn

see styles
Mandarin/ qi2
Taiwan ch`i / chi
Chinese mythical male unicorn; see 麒麟

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Mandarin lín / lin2
Taiwan lin
Japanese rin / りん
Chinese female unicorn; see 麒麟
Japanese (female given name) Rin
The lin, or female unicorn.

四靈


四灵

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Mandarin sì líng / si4 ling2
Taiwan ssu ling
Chinese four divinities; four divine emperors; four mythical creatures symbolic of propsperity and longevity, namely phoenix 鳳|凤[feng4], turtle 龜|龟[gui1], dragon 龍|龙[long2], Chinese unicorn 麒麟[qi2 lin2]; also 四象[si4 xiang4], the four division of the sky

天祿


天禄

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Mandarin tiān lù / tian1 lu4
Taiwan t`ien lu / tien lu
Chinese auspicious sculpted animal, usu. a unicorn or deer with a long tail; possession of the empire
Japanese See: 天禄

獬豸

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Mandarin xiè zhì / xie4 zhi4
Taiwan hsieh chih
Chinese Xiezhi, mythical Chinese unicorn

騏驎


骐麟

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Mandarin qí lín / qi2 lin2
Taiwan ch`i lin / chi lin
Chinese variant of 麒麟[qi2 lin2]; qilin (mythical Chinese animal); kylin; Chinese unicorn; commonly mistranslated as giraffe

麟角

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Mandarin lín jiǎo / lin2 jiao3
Taiwan lin chiao
The unicorn with its single horn is a simile for 獨覺 q.v. pratyekabuddha.

キリン

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Japanese kirin / キリン Japanese (1) (kana only) giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis); (2) qilin (Chinese unicorn); (female given name) Kirin; (c) Kirin

薄葉剥

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Japanese usubahagi;usubahagi / うすばはぎ;ウスバハギ Japanese (kana only) unicorn leatherjacket (Aluterus monoceros)

一角仙人

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Mandarin yī jiǎo / yi1 jiao3
Taiwan i chiao
Japanese ikkakusenin / いっかくせんいん
Japanese (person) Ikkaku Sen'in
Ekaśṛṅga ṛṣi; also 獨角仙人 The unicorn ṛṣi, an ascetic born of a deer; ensnared by a woman, he lost his power, and became a minister of state; he is one of the previous incarnations of Śākyamuni.

一角獣座

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Japanese ikkakujuuza / ikkakujuza / いっかくじゅうざ Japanese Monoceros (constellation); the Unicorn

獨角仙人


独角仙人

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Mandarin dú jiǎo / du2 jiao3
Taiwan tu chiao
Japanese dokkaku sennin
Ekaśṛṅga, or Unicorn ṛṣi, cf. 一角, the ascetic who fell through the wiles of a woman.

鳳毛麟角


凤毛麟角

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Mandarin fèng máo lín jiǎo / feng4 mao2 lin2 jiao3
Taiwan feng mao lin chiao
Chinese lit. as rare as phoenix feathers and unicorn horns (idiom); fig. few and far between

ウスバハギ

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Japanese usubahagi / ウスバハギ Japanese (kana only) unicorn leatherjacket (Aluterus monoceros)

ウニコール

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Japanese unikooru / ウニコール Japanese (See ユニコーン) unicorn (por: unicorne)

ユニコーン

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Japanese yunikoon / ユニコーン Japanese unicorn

テングハギ属

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Japanese tenguhagizoku / テングハギぞく Japanese Naso (genus of tropical marine surgeonfishes in the family Acanthuridae known as unicorn fishes due to a spike protruding from the forehead)

いっかくじゅう座

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Japanese ikkakujuuza / ikkakujuza / いっかくじゅうざ Japanese Monoceros (constellation); the Unicorn

キビレボウズハギ

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Japanese kibirebouzuhagi / kibirebozuhagi / キビレボウズハギ Japanese slender unicorn (Naso minor, species of Indo-West Pacific tang found from Mozambique to the Philippines); blackspine unicornfish; little unicorn

テングハギモドキ

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Japanese tenguhagimodoki / テングハギモドキ Japanese sleek unicornfish (Naso hexacanthus, species of Indo-Pacific tang); sleek unicorn; blacktongue unicorn; Thorpe's unicornfish; nohorn unicorn

麒麟(P);騏驎

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Japanese kirin(p);kirin / きりん(P);キリン Japanese (1) (kana only) giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis); (2) qilin (Chinese unicorn); (3) (麒麟 only) Kirin (brand of beer); (4) (騏驎 only) (archaism) horse that can ride 1000 ri in a day

いっかくじゅう座;一角獣座

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Japanese ikkakujuuza / ikkakujuza / いっかくじゅうざ Japanese Monoceros (constellation); the Unicorn

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

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Unicorn獨角獸
独角兽
dú jiǎo shòu
du2 jiao3 shou4
du jiao shou
dujiaoshou
tu chiao shou
tuchiaoshou
Unicorn一角獣ikkakujuu / ikakuju
Kirin
Giraffe
Mythical Creature
麒麟kirinqí lǐn / qi2 lin3 / qi lin / qilinch`i lin / chilin / chi lin
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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