朽木不可雕

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Mandarin[edit]

simpl. and trad.

Etymology[edit]

Literally: One cannot make a carving from rotten wood.

Proverb[edit]

朽木不可雕 (traditional and simplified, Pinyin xiǔ mù bùkě diāo)

  1. You can’t get pete from a tree; You can’t teach a student that doesn’t have the aptitude.

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