Monday, December 12, 2016

Amazing Chinese Characters (123) Dog - 狗

Dog is the eleventh animal in Chinese Zodiac.

The big seal script for character Dog is


the left radical


means "Dog", or "Animal related".

Right part means "curve". The reason why ancient Chinese created the character Dog with this two parts is unclear.

The difference between another character for Dog

and this one
is that the former normally means big dogs or dog in general, and the latter means small dogs or puppy. But nowadays, the latter is for general Dog too. They are exchangable but the former is more used in writing, the latter is used both in writing and oral Chinese.



The small seal script for the character is


some similarity to its shell bone script.

Its clerical script is

not similar to the old scripts.

Its current standard printing script is


very similar to its clerical script.

Its pinyin is "Gou3".


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