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Ice / Frost

China bīng
Ice / Frost

冰 is the Chinese character used to express "ice" or "frost."

The main part of the character on the right holds the meaning of "water" and on the left, is a radical (the two dots) that also means water. Together, they create the character that means "ice" (solid water).


This is similar to the character for frost in Japanese. However, Japanese drop the radical from the left side.

Ice / Frost

China bīng
Japan koori
Ice / Frost

冰 is the Japanese Kanji for "ice" or "frost."

冰 is also the way to write "ice" in old Korean Hanja.

Note: This form is not commonly used anymore in Chinese - though still understood for the most part.

FYI: There was a time when Japan did not have a written language and simply absorbed Chinese characters into their language by meaning. When this occurred around the 5th century, the character shown here was a common but alternate way to write "ice" in Chinese, so it was the one that ended up being absorbed into the Japanese language. Not long after that, a similar thing happened in Korea - although Korea has replaced virtually all of the Chinese characters they once used with the new Hangul writing system.


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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

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Mandarin shuāng / shuang1
Taiwan shuang
Japanese shimo / しも
Chinese frost; white powder or cream spread over a surface; frosting; (skin) cream
Japanese frost; (personal name) Sou; (surname) Shimo
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

兜沙

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Mandarin dōu shā / dou1 sha1
Taiwan tou sha
Japanese tosha
tuṣāra, frost.

冰花

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Mandarin bīng huā / bing1 hua1
Taiwan ping hua
Chinese ice crystal; frost (on windows)

凍害


冻害

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Mandarin dòng hài / dong4 hai4
Taiwan tung hai
Japanese tougai / togai / とうがい
Chinese (agriculture) freezing injury
Japanese frost damage

凍寒

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Japanese toukan / tokan / とうかん Japanese frost; bitter cold

初霜

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Japanese hatsushimo / はつしも Japanese first frost of the year

摩る

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Japanese sasuru / さする Japanese (transitive verb) (1) to rub; to chafe; to strike (match); to file; to frost (glass); (2) to lose (e.g. a match); to forfeit; to squander one's money (e.g. through gambling, Pachinko, etc.); (transitive verb) (1) (kana only) to pat; to stroke; (2) (kana only) to rub off; to polish; to grind; to graze; to scrape; (3) (kana only) to be equal to; (4) (kana only) to be about to reach

擂る

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Japanese suru / する Japanese (transitive verb) (1) to rub; to chafe; to strike (match); to file; to frost (glass); (2) to lose (e.g. a match); to forfeit; to squander one's money (e.g. through gambling, Pachinko, etc.)

早霜

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Mandarin zǎo shuāng / zao3 shuang1
Taiwan tsao shuang
Chinese early frost

春塵

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Japanese shunjin / しゅんじん Japanese spring dust; frost and snow that's blown like dust in the air by the spring wind

春霜

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Japanese shunsou;harushimo / shunso;harushimo / しゅんそう;はるしも Japanese spring frost

晩霜

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Japanese bansou / banso / ばんそう Japanese a late frost

朝霜

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Japanese asashimo;asajimo / あさしも;あさじも Japanese morning frost

樹氷

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Japanese juhyou / juhyo / じゅひょう Japanese frost covered trees; (female given name) Juhyou

樹霜

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Japanese jusou / juso / じゅそう Japanese air hoar; air frost; soft rime

白霜

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Mandarin bái shuāng / bai2 shuang1
Taiwan pai shuang
Chinese hoar frost

磨る

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Japanese suru / する Japanese (transitive verb) (1) to rub; to chafe; to strike (match); to file; to frost (glass); (2) to lose (e.g. a match); to forfeit; to squander one's money (e.g. through gambling, Pachinko, etc.)

秋霜

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Mandarin qiū shuāng / qiu1 shuang1
Taiwan ch`iu shuang / chiu shuang
Japanese shuusou / shuso / しゅうそう
Chinese autumn frost; fig. white hair as sign of old age
Japanese autumn frost; fall frost; (surname) Akishimo

遅霜

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Japanese osojimo / おそじも Japanese late spring frost

降霜

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Japanese kousou / koso / こうそう Japanese (fall of) frost

雨凇

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Mandarin yǔ sōng / yu3 song1
Taiwan yü sung
Chinese frost; a patina of ice from freezing rain or water vapor

霜凍

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Mandarin shuāng dòng / shuang1 dong4
Taiwan shuang tung
Japanese shimogoori / しもごおり    shimokoori / しもこおり
Chinese frost; frost damage (to crop)
Japanese (surname) Shimogoori; (surname) Shimokoori

霜害

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Mandarin shuāng hài / shuang1 hai4
Taiwan shuang hai
Japanese sougai / sogai / そうがい
Chinese frostbite; frost damage (to crop)
Japanese frost damage

霜柱

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Japanese shimobashira / しもばしら Japanese frost columns; ice needles

霜災

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Mandarin shuāng zāi / shuang1 zai1
Taiwan shuang tsai
Chinese frost damage (to crop)

霜花

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Mandarin shuāng huā / shuang1 hua1
Taiwan shuang hua
Chinese frost forming a pattern on a surface; rime

霜降

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Mandarin shuāng jiàng / shuang1 jiang4
Taiwan shuang chiang
Japanese soukou / soko / そうこう
Chinese Shuangjiang or Frost Descends, 18th of the 24 solar terms 二十四節氣|二十四节气 23rd October-6th November
Japanese (See 二十四節気) "frost descent" solar term (approx. Oct. 23); (surname) Shimofuri

霜雪

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Mandarin shuāng xuě / shuang1 xue3
Taiwan shuang hsüeh
Japanese sousetsu / sosetsu / そうせつ
Chinese frost and snow; (fig.) snowy white (hair); adversity
Japanese frost and snow

霜露

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Mandarin shuāng lù / shuang1 lu4
Taiwan shuang lu
Japanese sōro
Chinese frost and dew; fig. difficult conditions
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

霧氷

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Japanese muhyou / muhyo / むひょう Japanese rime; hoarfrost; silver frost

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Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Ice
Frost
bīng / bing1 / bingping
Ice
Frost

koori / koribīng / bing1 / bingping
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