四君子

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Chinese[edit]

simpl. and trad.

Etymology[edit]

(si)(four) + 君子 (junzi) (Gentleman)

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四君子

  1. Four Gentleman; four plants (chrysanthemum, bamboo, orchid, and plum blossom) that are often depicted in traditional Chinese, Korean, and Japanese ink-and-brush painting

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Japanese[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Probably from Middle Chinese compound 四君子 (*sì *giuən *tziə̌, literally four gentlemen). Compare modern Chinese 四君子 (Sì Jūnzi).

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四君子 (hiragana しくんし, romaji Shikunshi)

  1. the Four Gentlemen: chrysanthemum, bamboo, orchid, and plum
    These four plants are often the subject of traditional Chinese, Korean, and Japanese paintings, with each often used to represent one of the four seasons.

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  1. ^ 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9