Rice-semen metaphor analysis

Compiled by Jennifer Ball © September 4, 2010

Black = rice (米 or 禾) component Blue = essence, youth 青component Green = seek 求 component Red = miscellaneous
Mandarin is first pronunciation (Cantonese is in parentheses)

籽 䊘

seed, pip, pit, stone

zi3 (zi2)

grain

jiu4 (zaau6)

rice + descendant = grain

2nd char:

胄 由
=

cause +

flesh = to cause flesh

= descendant (also helmet, headpiece)

roe or spawn, a fish
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mi3 (mai5)

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精 䊝 靝 圊 青 情 婧
zing1)

essence; semen; spirit

jing1, qing2, jing4 (zeng1

exile; to banish

xie4 (sit3)

(in taoism) the heaven

tian1 (no Cant. given)

pigsty, restroom

qing1 (cing1)

green / blue / black / green grass / not ripe / young / youth / youthful / the skin of bamboo / as in 蛋 青-the white of an egg / short for Tsinghai Province or Tsingtao qing1, jing1 (ceng1 cing1)

feeling, sentiment, emotion

qing2 (cing4)

猜 清 睛 錆 蜻 毒 毐
peaceful

guess, conjecture, suppose; feel

cai1 (caai1)

clear; distinct; complete; pure; clear, pure, clean; qing1, qing4 (ceng1 cing1 )

eyeball, pupil of eye

jing1, jing3 (zing1)

the color of a mineral

qiang1 (coeng1)

dragonfly qing1, jing1 (cing1) (the emperor is the dragon)

poison, venom; poisonous

du2 dai4 (duk6)

(related: immoral, adulterer lines on top instead of three)

a i3 (oi2) —note two horizontal

modest, supple

jing4 (zing6)

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able

to give birth to, to bring and to rear (interchangefan2 (faan4)

蕃) to increase; to multiply; to propagate

数 類 糅 料 種
(sou2 sou3) resemble zung2)

number; several, count; fate hu4, shu3, cu4, shuo4 s

class, group, kind, category, type; similar; like; to lei4, li4 (leoi6)

blend, mix

rou3, rou2 (jau2 nau6)

liano2 (liu2 liu6)

consider, conjecture; materials, ingredients liao4,

seed; race, breed; to plant zhong1 chong4 zhong4 (cung4

䅦 慕 蕃 兾 糞 㔴 屎

feeble; weak of the rice plant mao2 (nau4) (It only exists because someone tends it; there is the stable field to allow a weak plant to grow.)

admire; long for, desire;

mu4 (mou6)

flourishing, to reproduce, foreign things (faan4) fan2,1, bo2, pi2, bo1

fan2

to hope for; to wish

ji4 (no Cant. given)

manure, dung, night soil

fen4 (fan3)

agricultural implement; farm tools, a big sacrificial vessel; a tripod of bronze with two ears; a caldron yi4 (zik6)

excrement, dung, shit

shi3, xi1 (hei1 si2)

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䐖 㞗 求 觩 渌 䚏 憐
sion

(same as VEA3567) to laugh heartily; to roar with laughter; to groan; to moan yi2 (ngaai4 zi4)

the male organ, obscene language, vulgar expres qiu2 (gau1)

seek; demand, request; beseech

qiú (kau4)

strong

qiu2 ( au4) k

strain

lu4 (luk6)

to love; intimate; near to; dear; parents; relatives, to see; to look at; to observe leng4, li4, lin4 (no Cant. given)

pity, sympathize

lian2 (lin4)

僯 潾 渊 敉 侎 粲 泰

ashamed

lin3 (no Cant. given)

clear water

lin2 (leon4)

surge up, bubble up, gush forth

yuan1 (jyun1

(mai5 mei3 mei5

pacify, smooth, stablilize, peaceful

mi3

(no Cant. given)

to soothe, to pacify; to settle, to establish i3 mei3 m

polish; bright, radiant; smiling

can4 (caan3)

safe; peaceful; most; Thai(land); grand; great, exalt-

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ed, superior; big

tai4 (taai3)

眯 瞇 瞵 燐 銤 䗲 鱗

be blinded, blind as with dust mi2(mai5 mei1 mi1)

mi3, mi1 mi4,

to close (the eyes); to squint mai4 mai5 mei1 mi1)

mi1 (

to stare at

lin2 lin4 lian2 (leon4)

粥 鬻 糜 䊀 粘
hu2 (wu4)

rice gruel, congee

zhou1 yu4 zhu4 (zuk1)

(alternate form of 粥) sell; child, childish; nourish yu4, zhou1, zhu3, zhu4, ju1 (juk6)

rice gruel, congee; mashed

mi2, mei2 (mei4)

not rice, but comparison

phosphorus

lin2 (leon4)

not rice, but comparison given) americum mi3 (mai5 )(because of the platinum?)

縻 蘼

tie up

mi2 (mei4)

millet

mi2 (no Cant.

paste; to paste, sticky; glutinous, to stick

firefly

lin4 (no Cant. given)

viscous, mucous; glutinous

nian2, lian1, zhan1

fish scales
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lin2 (leon4)

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(nim1 nim4 zim1)

a kind of grain; yellow color; not sticky, (same as 餭) fried puffy shredded, sugar-plums; sweetmeats huang2, huang3 (wong4)

䊦 粿 䉾 糙 粗

food (some food as glutinouss rice tamale -- made by wrapping the rice in broad leaves of reeds and boiled for a few hours --usually with other ingredients, as dates, meat, oyster, beams, etc. ya2 ye4 (zit3)

rice cake

guo3 (gwo2)

bad; poor quality of rice

mi4 (bei3 bui6 pui3)

coarse, harsh, rough, unpolished rice cao1 (cou3)

(cou1) (synonyms:

觕 麤 麄)
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rough, thick, course; rude

cu1

㫧 謎 迷 醚 氣 餼 氯
mai6)

(non-classical form of cious; cruel, sudden bao4 (bok3 bou6 keoi4)

) violent; fierce; atro-

riddle, conundrum; puzzle

mi2 mei4 mi4(mai4

lost, bewitch, charm, infatuate, bewilder; crazy about; fan; enthusiast; lost; confused mi2 mei4 mi4 (mai4)

ether

mi2 (mai4)

air, gas, steam, vapor; spirit

qi4, xi4 (hei3)

grain ration; sacrificial victim, gift

xi4, (hei3)

chlorine

lu2 (with umlaut)

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㑶 愾 㖤 㗭 嘨 㘀 㝥
sigh; to groan given) (zok3)

(non-classical form of 愾) anger; passion; rage, to xi4 (haai4 hei3 )

anger, wrath, hatred, enmity

kai4 (koi3)

wrath, anger

han2 (haam4)

a sound; an echo

(Cant. only: hei1)

roar, howl, scream; whistle

xiao4, chi4 (no Cant.

to sound, a sound, the cry of a bird or animal zuo4

懊 冞 罙 匊 㽤 㥌 趜

vexed, worried, nervous; regret

ao4

far, deep

mi2 (mei4)

deep

mi2 shen1 (no Cant. given)

handful

ju2 (guk1)

small plot of land

ju2 (guk1)

prudent, cautious

ju2 (guk1)

(Cant.) to suffocate

ju2 (guk1)

have a nightmare, sound sleep

mi3 (maai5)

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窸 麋 脒 㔄 㓼 䍘 䋛

faint sound, whisper

xi1 (sik1)

elk

mi2 (mei4)

open; throw away

mi3 (no Cant. given)

thin, small cut

su4 (suk1)

an incised wound; cuts

chi4, chong4 (no Cant. given)

a general term for nets

mi2 (nei4)

the clustered embroidery patterns (as tiny and fine rice) mi2, mi3 (mai5)

缕 㥪 偻 㜩 䉛 䐿 㔂
(leoi5)

(simplied form of 縷) thread; detailed, precise lü3

(simplied form of 慺 ) diligent; industrious; sedulous, to encourage; to make efforts lou2 (lau4)

humpback; surname

lü3, lou2 (lau4)

jealous; to envy; jealously

ao4 bie2 (ou3)

bamboo basket for washing rice, implements used to move the silkworm yu4 (zuk1)

gizzard, to store up meat, the five lowest pieces of bone of the spinal column ao2, ao4, bi4 (ou3)

to pare; to pare away; to scrape; to sharpen to a
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point; to shave; to brush away

lin2 (leon4)

鄰 㬥

neighbor; neighborhood

lin2, lin4 (leon4)

(an ancient form of 曝) to sun to air; to expose to sunlight, to expose or be exposed; exposure, a tree with scatter or dispersed leaves pu4 (buk6)

(ancient form of 齋) to abstain from meat, wine, etc., to fast; penance (Cant. only: zaai1)

墦 㢻 毩

tomb, grave

fan2( faan4)

毬 球 鞠 掬 踘
qiu2 (kau4) (guk1)

ball, anything round, sphere

ball, sphere, globe; round

qiu2 (kau4)

bow, bend; rear, raise, nourish

jū jú qū qiōng

to grasp or hold with both hands

jú jū (guk1)

ball
Sources: http://ctext.org/dictionary.pl?if=en http://www.mandarintools.com/ http://www.cojak.org http://www.internationalscientific.org http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki

jú jū(guk1 guk6)

to draw a bow, bent

wei3 (waai2)

a leather ball for kicking

ju2 (no Cant. given)

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