Wild Goose in Chinese / Japanese...

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yàn
karigane / kari
Wild Goose Scroll

雁 is the single character for wild goose in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.

Beautiful Woman Proverb

chén yú luò yàn
chin gyo raku gan
Beautiful Woman Proverb Scroll

沈魚落雁 is an old proverb that literally means, "fish sink, goose alights".

...But this takes some explaining. 沈魚落雁 is a proverb from Zhuangzi (莊子) who lived in the late 4th century BC.

This figuratively refers to female beauty that is so captivating that even the birds and beasts take notice.

Perhaps a better way to and more accurate way to describe this is to say that it speaks of the charms of a uniquely beautiful woman who is so beautiful that fish stay on the bottom of the water, and flying wild geese fall from the sky in shame.

This proverb is so famous that it is also known and used in Japan (same characters, different pronunciation).


Note: This can also be written 沉魚落雁 instead of 沈魚落雁 (just the first character varies slightly).


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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

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yàn
    yan4
yen
 gan
    がん
Beautiful Woman Proverb Scroll
wild goose
(kana only) wild goose; (1) call of a wild goose; (2) (kana only) wild goose (esp. a lesser white-fronted goose, Anser erythropus); (3) tea made from twigs of high-quality tea plants (esp. gyokuro); high-grade kukicha (esp. from gyokuro); (1) (kana only) wild goose; (2) (kana only) (abbreviation) (colloquialism) glans; head of a penis; (surname, given name) Gan; (wk) The Wild Geese (1913 novel by Mori Ōgai)
A hawk, also used for hamsa, a wild goose.

カリ

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 kari
    カリ
Beautiful Woman Proverb Scroll
(1) (kana only) wild goose; (2) (kana only) (abbreviation) (colloquialism) glans; head of a penis; (place-name) Cali (Colombia)

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    li4
li
cry of a crane or wild goose


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yàn
    yan4
yen
 gan
    がん
variant of 雁[yan4]
(kana only) wild goose; (1) (kana only) wild goose; (2) (kana only) (abbreviation) (colloquialism) glans; head of a penis; (surname) Gan
A wild goose; a wild goose

大雁

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dà yàn
    da4 yan4
ta yen
wild goose; CL:隻|只[zhi1]

孤雁

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 kogan
    こがん
solitary wild goose (i.e. separated from its flock, esp. flying); (given name) Kogan

胡雁

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hú yàn
    hu2 yan4
hu yen
Tatar goose, wild goose found in territories northwest of China in ancient times

雁塔

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yàn tǎ
    yan4 ta3
yen t`a
    yen ta
 Gantō
Yanta District of Xi’an 西安市[Xi1 an1 Shi4], Shaanxi
The Wild Goose pagoda, name of a famous monastery; Haṃsa stūpa

雁金

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 karigane
    かりがね
(1) call of a wild goose; (2) (kana only) wild goose (esp. a lesser white-fronted goose, Anser erythropus); (3) tea made from twigs of high-quality tea plants (esp. gyokuro); high-grade kukicha (esp. from gyokuro); (surname) Karigane

鴻雁


鸿雁

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hóng yàn
    hong2 yan4
hung yen
 kougan / kogan
    こうがん
(bird species of China) swan goose (Anser cygnoides)
(poetic term) wild geese; large geese and small geese

大雁塔

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dà yàn tǎ
    da4 yan4 ta3
ta yen t`a
    ta yen ta
Giant Wild Goose Pagoda in Xi'an

小雁塔

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xiǎo yàn tǎ
    xiao3 yan4 ta3
hsiao yen t`a
    hsiao yen ta
Small Wild Goose Pagoda in Xi'an

鑽牛角


钻牛角

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zuān niú jiǎo
    zuan1 niu2 jiao3
tsuan niu chiao
lit. honing a bull's horn; fig. to waste time on an insoluble or insignificant problem; to bash one's head against a brick wall; a wild goose chase; a blind alley; to split hairs; same as idiom 鑽牛角尖|钻牛角尖

雁が音

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 karigane
    かりがね
(1) call of a wild goose; (2) (kana only) wild goose (esp. a lesser white-fronted goose, Anser erythropus); (3) tea made from twigs of high-quality tea plants (esp. gyokuro); high-grade kukicha (esp. from gyokuro)

雁ケ音

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 karigane
    かりがね
(1) call of a wild goose; (2) (kana only) wild goose (esp. a lesser white-fronted goose, Anser erythropus); (3) tea made from twigs of high-quality tea plants (esp. gyokuro); high-grade kukicha (esp. from gyokuro)

雁ヶ音

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 karigane
    かりがね
(1) call of a wild goose; (2) (kana only) wild goose (esp. a lesser white-fronted goose, Anser erythropus); (3) tea made from twigs of high-quality tea plants (esp. gyokuro); high-grade kukicha (esp. from gyokuro)

カリガネ

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 karigane
    カリガネ
(1) call of a wild goose; (2) (kana only) wild goose (esp. a lesser white-fronted goose, Anser erythropus); (3) tea made from twigs of high-quality tea plants (esp. gyokuro); high-grade kukicha (esp. from gyokuro)

互裟伽藍


互裟伽蓝

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hù shā qié lán
    hu4 sha1 qie2 lan2
hu sha ch`ieh lan
    hu sha chieh lan
 Go Sagaran
Haṃsa saṃghārāma, 'Wild goose monastery, ' on Mount Indraśailaguhā, whose inmates were once saved from starving by the self-sacrifice of a wild goose; also 僧裟伽藍 (or 僧鷹伽藍) ; Haṃsa Saṃghârāma

白跑一趟

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bái pǎo yī tàng
    bai2 pao3 yi1 tang4
pai p`ao i t`ang
    pai pao i tang
to go on an errand for nothing; to go on a wild-goose chase

趨之若鶩


趋之若鹜

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qū zhī ruò wù
    qu1 zhi1 ruo4 wu4
ch`ü chih jo wu
    chü chih jo wu
to rush like ducks (idiom); the mob scrabbles madly for something unobtainable; an unruly crowd on a wild goose chase

鑽牛角尖


钻牛角尖

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zuān niú jiǎo jiān
    zuan1 niu2 jiao3 jian1
tsuan niu chiao chien
lit. to penetrate into a bull's horn (idiom); fig. to waste time on an insoluble or insignificant problem; to bash one's head against a brick wall; a wild goose chase; a blind alley; to split hairs

Variations:
雁(P)

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 gan(p); kari; gan; kari
    がん(P); かり; ガン; カリ
(1) (kana only) wild goose; (2) (かり, カリ only) (kana only) (abbreviation) (colloquialism) glans; head of a penis

Variations:
雁が音
雁金

雁ヶ音
雁ケ音

see styles
 karigane; karigane
    かりがね; カリガネ
(1) call of a wild goose; (2) (kana only) wild goose (esp. a lesser white-fronted goose, Anser erythropus); (3) (See 茎茶,玉露・1) tea made from twigs of high-quality tea plants (esp. gyokuro); high-grade kukicha (esp. from gyokuro)

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

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Wild Goosekarigane / kariyàn / yan4 / yanyen
Beautiful Woman Proverb沈魚落雁
沈鱼落雁
chin gyo raku gan
chingyorakugan
chén yú luò yàn
chen2 yu2 luo4 yan4
chen yu luo yan
chenyuluoyan
ch`en yü lo yen
chenyüloyen
chen yü lo yen
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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