Thursday, 25 January 2018

猪 | zhū

In Mandarin Chinese, (Pinyin: zhū 🔊) means “pig”, “hog” or “boar”. It is also used figuratively, that is, as an insult. The Pig is one of the twelve-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac and is associated with the earthly branch .

is a simplified form of the traditional character which is a phono-semantic compound of semantic (“pig”, “boar”) and phonetic (zhě). By some reason, in the simplified form, the semantic component mutated from (“pig”) to (“dog”). 猪肉 / 豬肉 (zhūròu 🔊) means “pork”.

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