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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
shǔ
nezumi
Rat / Mouse 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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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Rat
Mouse
nezumishǔ / shu3 / shu


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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

丙子

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bǐng zǐ / bing3 zi3
ping tzu
 hinoene;heishi / hinoene;heshi / ひのえね;へいし
thirteenth year C1 of the 60 year cycle, e.g. 1996 or 2056
(See 干支・1) Fire Rat (13th year of the sexagenary cycle, e.g. 1936, 1996, 2056)

初子

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 hatsune / はつね (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

壬子

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rén zǐ / ren2 zi3
jen tzu
 mizunoene;jinshi / みずのえね;じんし
forty-ninth year I1 of the 60 year cycle, e.g. 1972 or 2032
(See 干支・1) Water Rat (49th year of the sexagenary cycle, e.g. 1912, 1972, 2032); (female given name) Yoshiko

子年

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

子忌

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 neimi / nemi / ねいみ (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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zǐ shǔ / zi3 shu3
tzu shu
Year 1, year of the Rat (e.g. 2008)

庚子

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gēng zǐ / geng1 zi3
keng tzu
 kanoene;koushi / kanoene;koshi / かのえね;こうし
37th year G1 of the 60-year cycle, e.g. 1960 or 2020
(See 干支・1) Metal Rat (37th year of the sexagenary cycle, e.g. 1960, 2020, 2080); (female given name) Yasuko

戊子

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wù zǐ / wu4 zi3
wu tzu
 tsuchinoene;boshi / つちのえね;ぼし
twenty-fifth year E1 of the 60 year cycle, e.g. 2008 or 2068
(See 干支・1) Earth Rat (25th year of the sexagenary cycle, e.g. 1948, 2008, 2068); (given name) Boshi

玉帚

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 tamabahaki / たまばはき    tamahahaki / たまははき (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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 tamabahaki / たまばはき    tamahahaki / たまははき (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

甲子

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jiǎ zǐ / jia3 zi3
chia tzu
 kinoene;kasshi;koushi / kinoene;kasshi;koshi / きのえね;かっし;こうし
first year of the sixty-year cycle (where each year is numbered with one of the 10 heavenly stems 天干[tian1 gan1] and one of the 12 earthly branches 地支[di4 zhi1]); the sixty-year cycle
(See 干支・1) Wood Rat (1st year of the sexagenary cycle, e.g. 1924, 1984, 2044); (female given name) Takako

鼠年

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

子の日

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

子忌み

see styles
 neimi / nemi / ねいみ (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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 komatsuhiki / こまつひき (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

see styles
 tamahahaki / たまははき (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

see styles
 tamabahaki / たまばはき (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

see styles
 nenohinoasobi / ねのひのあそび (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

see styles
 neimi / nemi / ねいみ (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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 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) year of the Rat

玉箒;玉帚;玉ははき;玉ばはき

see styles
 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) (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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