Monday, 15 January 2018

鸡 | jī

In Mandarin Chinese, (Pinyin: 🔊) is a noun for “chicken” and domestic fowl in general. To be more specific, Chinese uses compounds, for example:

The Rooster is one of the twelve-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac and is associated with the earthly branch . The other meanings of include “prostitute” and “penis” (why I am not surprised?).

is a simplified form of the traditional character which is a phono-semantic compound of phonetic () and semantic “short-tailed bird”. Historical forms of this latter character show great diversity, depicting birds with assorted tails and in a variety of positions.

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