上知天文,下知地理

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Chinese[edit]

 
on; up; on top; upon; first (of two parts); previous or last (week, etc.); upper; higher; above; previous; to climb; to go into; above; to go up
to know; to be aware astronomy
 
under; second (of two parts); next (week, etc.); lower; below; underneath; down(wards); to decline; to go down; latter
to know; to be aware geography
simp. and trad.
(上知天文,下知地理)
天文 地理

Etymology[edit]

Literally: know the astronomy above, and know the geography below

Pronunciation[edit]

Idiom[edit]

上知天文,下知地理

  1. describes someone who is very learned; a polymath