Zoo Animals & Pets (Simplified Chinese)
In this set, you will learn animal vocabulary as well as how the Chinese characters for those animals used to look like in ancient China.
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The character is a pictograph of a rat/mouse. Imagine a rat wearing a nice top and a pair of trousers with a four-dotted pattern. The character means "rat" or "mouse."
The character originally depicted an ox head with massive horns. Over time, the horns shrunk and the character now describes all cows. The character means "cow" or "ox."
The character is a "tiger" pictograph and means "tiger." The pronunciation sounds like a tiger's growl! As an adjective, the character means "brave" or "fierce."
The character means "rabbit." In Chinese culture, rabbits represent graciousness, kindness, sensitivity, compassion, tenderness, and elegance.
In oracle bone script, the character depicted a snake. Today, the character for "snake" is made up of 虫 (bug) and 它. 它 originally meant snake but today means "it."
The character in oracle bone script depicted a goat or sheep with two horns. Today the character means "sheep" and can be used to represent the goat-antelope subfamily of mammals.
The character comprises 犭 (the dog/beast radical), providing the meaning and 侯 (lord), providing the sound. It means monkey, ape or monkey-like. In Chinese culture, monkeys symbolize cleverness and high social status.
The character means "dog." Dogs are man's best friend in both Western and Eastern cultures! With their unswerving loyalty to humans, dogs are believed to be caring as well.
The character is a combination of 虫 (insect) and 圭 which indicates the pronunciation of the character. In ancient Chinese, 圭 was used to mean the rough and low croaking sound that a frog makes. The character means "frog."
This character's earliest form illustrated the side view of an elephant, featuring the trunk and tusks. The character means "elephant."
In its ancient form, the character depicted deer's antlers with its four legs below. The character means "deer."
Originally, this character depicted a beast with sharp teeth and claws. Later, the fire radical (灬) was added to the beast to mean "bear." The character along with tiger 虎, symbolizes bravery.
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