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Goldfish in Chinese / Japanese...

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Goldfish

China jīn yú
Japan kin gyo
Goldfish

金魚 is the title for goldfish in Chinese and Japanese.

There was a time in ancient China when only the Emperor could possess the true yellow-gold colored fish. 金魚 is why alternate coloration such as orange, black, red, and white were bred. Many believe this is why colors other than yellow-gold are more common for "goldfish" found in pet shops today.

Yellow

Yellow Color
China huáng
Japan hon / kou
Yellow

黃 is the single character for the color yellow in Chinese.

In China, yellow is traditionally the color of the emperor. In fact, there was a time when only the emperor could wear yellow clothing, or own yellow pet fish. Note: Goldfish were breed originally in China for the emperor. When the perfect yellow fish was breed, all but the emperor were banned from owning any. Thus a more orange-colored goldfish dominated the market.

黃 is not a common selection for a wall scroll. Even if your Chinese surname is Huang (Yellow) or your Korean surname is Hwang (yellow), it's still probably not appropriate.


黄This character is written with a slight variation in Simplified Chinese and modern Japanese. Click on the image to the right if you want this alternate version.


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Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your goldfish search...

Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

金魚

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Mandarin jīn yú / jin1 yu2
Taiwan chin yü
Japanese kingyo / きんぎょ
Chinese goldfish
Japanese goldfish; (surname, female given name) Kingyo

ポイ

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Japanese poi / ポイ Japanese paper scoop used in goldfish scooping

和金

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Japanese wakin / わきん Japanese Japanese wakin goldfish variety

蘭虫

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Japanese ranchuu / ranchu / らんちゅう Japanese (kana only) ranchu; variety of goldfish

蘭鋳

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Japanese ranchuu / ranchu / らんちゅう Japanese (kana only) ranchu; variety of goldfish

蝦尾

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Japanese ebio / えびお Japanese (1) goldfish with a shrimp-like tail; (2) head of a shamisen or lute (bent back like a shrimp's tail)

鉄魚

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Japanese tetsugyo;tetsugyo / てつぎょ;テツギョ Japanese (kana only) comet goldfish

ドラド

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Japanese dorado / ドラド Japanese (1) dorado (South American freshwater catfish, Salminus maxillosus); (2) dolphinfish; (3) (astron) Dorado (constellation); the Goldfish; the Swordfish; (place-name) Dorado

出目金

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Japanese demekin / でめきん Japanese pop-eyed goldfish

旗魚座

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Japanese kajikiza / かじきざ Japanese Dorado (constellation); the Goldfish; the Swordfish

朱文金

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Japanese shubunkin / しゅぶんきん Japanese Japanese shubunkin goldfish variety

梶木座

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Japanese kajikiza / かじきざ Japanese (irregular kanji usage) Dorado (constellation); the Goldfish; the Swordfish

海老尾

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Japanese kairoubi / kairobi / かいろうび    ebio / えびお Japanese head of a shamisen or lute (bent back like a shrimp's tail); (1) goldfish with a shrimp-like tail; (2) head of a shamisen or lute (bent back like a shrimp's tail)

煮頃鮒

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Japanese nigorobuna / にごろぶな Japanese (kana only) Carassius auratus grandoculis (subspecies of goldfish)

金魚屋

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Japanese kingyoya / きんぎょや Japanese goldfish seller (vendor)

金魚藻

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Mandarin jīn yú zǎo / jin1 yu2 zao3
Taiwan chin yü tsao
Japanese kingyomo / きんぎょも
Chinese hornwort (Ceratophyllum demersum)
Japanese (1) (colloquialism) (See 穂咲の総藻) Eurasian water milfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum); (2) aquatic plants such as hornwort that are commonly used in goldfish tanks, etc.

金魚鉢

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Japanese kingyobachi / きんぎょばち Japanese goldfish bowl

かじき座

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Japanese kajikiza / かじきざ Japanese Dorado (constellation); the Goldfish; the Swordfish

テツギョ

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Japanese tetsugyo / テツギョ Japanese (kana only) comet goldfish

ドラード

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Japanese doraado / dorado / ドラード Japanese (1) dorado (South American freshwater catfish, Salminus maxillosus); (2) dolphinfish; (3) (astron) Dorado (constellation); the Goldfish; the Swordfish

世間の目

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Japanese sekennome / せけんのめ Japanese (exp,n) spotlight; public eye; public's attention; goldfish bowl

似五郎鮒

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Japanese nigorobuna / にごろぶな Japanese (kana only) Carassius auratus grandoculis (subspecies of goldfish)

金魚の糞

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Japanese kingyonofun;kingyonounko / kingyonofun;kingyononko / きんぎょのふん;きんぎょのうんこ Japanese (exp,n) (idiom) person who tags along; hanger-on; person who follows someone around like a shadow; clingy person; goldfish feces

金魚売り

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Japanese kingyouri / kingyori / きんぎょうり Japanese goldfish peddling; goldfish peddler

金魚掬い

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Japanese kingyosukui / きんぎょすくい Japanese festival game in which participants try to catch goldfish in a shallow paper ladle

ニゴロブナ

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Japanese nigorobuna / ニゴロブナ Japanese (kana only) Carassius auratus grandoculis (subspecies of goldfish)

ランチュウ

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Japanese ranchuu / ranchu / ランチュウ Japanese (kana only) ranchu; variety of goldfish

蘭虫;蘭鋳

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Japanese ranchuu;ranchuu / ranchu;ranchu / らんちゅう;ランチュウ Japanese (kana only) ranchu; variety of goldfish

海老尾;蝦尾

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Japanese ebio;kairoubi(海老尾) / ebio;kairobi(海老尾) / えびお;かいろうび(海老尾) Japanese (1) (えびお only) goldfish with a shrimp-like tail; (2) head of a shamisen or lute (bent back like a shrimp's tail)

ドラド;ドラード

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Japanese dorado;doraado / dorado;dorado / ドラド;ドラード Japanese (1) dorado (South American freshwater catfish, Salminus maxillosus); (2) (See 鱰・しいら) dolphinfish; (3) {astron} Dorado (constellation); the Goldfish; the Swordfish

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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
Goldfish金魚
金鱼
kin gyo / kingyojīn yú / jin1 yu2 / jin yu / jinyuchin yü / chinyü
Yellow
hon / kou / hon / ko / hon/kohuáng / huang2 / huang
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.



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