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Year of the Rat in Chinese / Japanese...

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See also: Chinese Zodiac / Animal Years


Rat / Mouse

Year of the Rat / Zodiac Sign
China shǔ
Japan nezumi
Rat / Mouse Vertical Wall Scroll

鼠 is the character for rat (and sometimes mouse) in Chinese, old Korean, and Japanese.

If you were born in the year of the Rat, you . . .

Are sensitive and smart.
Easily to adapt to the new environments.
Have a curious nature.
Are good at using the opportunities that are presented to you.

In some contexts, this character could mean "mouse."


See also our Chinese Zodiac page.

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Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your year of the rat search...

Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

初子

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Japanese hatsune / はつね Japanese (1) first Day of the Rat of the New Year; (2) first Day of the Rat of the month (esp. of the 11th month); (female given name) Hatsune

子年

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Japanese nedoshi;nezumidoshi / ねどし;ねずみどし Japanese year of the rat

子忌

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Japanese neimi / nemi / ねいみ Japanese (obscure) collecting herbs and pulling out young pine trees by the roots (annual event held on the first Day of the Rat of the New Year)

子鼠

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Mandarin zǐ shǔ / zi3 shu3
Taiwan tzu shu
Chinese Year 1, year of the Rat (e.g. 2008)

玉帚

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Japanese tamabahaki / たまばはき    tamahahaki / たまははき Japanese (1) broom (esp. one for sweeping a silkworm-raising room on the first Day of the Rat of the New Year); (2) plant used for constructing brooms (e.g. kochia); (3) liquor; alcohol; sake

玉箒

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Japanese tamabahaki / たまばはき    tamahahaki / たまははき Japanese (1) broom (esp. one for sweeping a silkworm-raising room on the first Day of the Rat of the New Year); (2) plant used for constructing brooms (e.g. kochia); (3) liquor; alcohol; sake

鼠年

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Mandarin shǔ nián / shu3 nian2
Taiwan shu nien
Chinese Year of the Rat (e.g. 2008)

子の日

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Japanese nenohi;nenobi / ねのひ;ねのび Japanese (exp,n) (1) Day of the Rat (esp. the first Day of the Rat in the New Year); (2) (abbreviation) (See 子の日の遊び) collecting herbs and pulling out young pine trees by the roots; (3) (See 子の日の松) pine shoot pulled out in such a manner

子忌み

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Japanese neimi / nemi / ねいみ Japanese (obscure) collecting herbs and pulling out young pine trees by the roots (annual event held on the first Day of the Rat of the New Year)

小松引き

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Japanese komatsuhiki / こまつひき Japanese (See 子の日の遊び) collecting herbs and pulling out young pine trees by the roots (annual event held on the first Day of the Rat in the New Year)

玉ははき

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Japanese tamahahaki / たまははき Japanese (1) broom (esp. one for sweeping a silkworm-raising room on the first Day of the Rat of the New Year); (2) plant used for constructing brooms (e.g. kochia); (3) liquor; alcohol; sake

玉ばはき

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Japanese tamabahaki / たまばはき Japanese (1) broom (esp. one for sweeping a silkworm-raising room on the first Day of the Rat of the New Year); (2) plant used for constructing brooms (e.g. kochia); (3) liquor; alcohol; sake

子の日の遊び

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Japanese nenohinoasobi / ねのひのあそび Japanese (exp,n) ne-no-hi-no-asobi; collecting herbs and pulling out young pine trees by the roots (annual event held on the first Day of the Rat of the New Year)

子忌み;子忌

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Japanese neimi / nemi / ねいみ Japanese (obscure) (See 子の日の遊び) collecting herbs and pulling out young pine trees by the roots (annual event held on the first Day of the Rat of the New Year)

ねずみ年;子年;ネズミ年

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Japanese nezumidoshi(nezumi年,子年);nedoshi(子年);nezumidoshi(nezumi年) / ねずみどし(ねずみ年,子年);ねどし(子年);ネズミどし(ネズミ年) Japanese year of the rat

玉箒;玉帚;玉ははき;玉ばはき

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Japanese tamahahaki(玉箒,玉帚,玉hahaki);tamabahaki(玉箒,玉帚,玉bahaki) / たまははき(玉箒,玉帚,玉ははき);たまばはき(玉箒,玉帚,玉ばはき) Japanese (1) broom (esp. one for sweeping a silkworm-raising room on the first Day of the Rat of the New Year); (2) (See 箒草) plant used for constructing brooms (e.g. kochia); (3) liquor; alcohol; sake

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Rat / Mouse Vertical Wall Scroll
Rat / Mouse Vertical Wall Scroll
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Rat / Mouse Vertical Wall Scroll


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Rat / Mouse Vertical Portrait
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Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Rat
Mouse
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