猩猩

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Mandarin[edit]

simpl. and trad.

Pronunciation[edit]

Mandarin (Standard Chinese, Beijing)
Pinyin xīngxing
Zhuyin ㄒㄧㄥ ㄒㄧㄥ˙
IPA (key) /ɕiŋ⁵⁵ ɕiŋ²/

Noun[edit]

猩猩 (traditional and simplified, Pinyin xīngxing, classifier /)

  1. orangutan
  2. an imaginary animal, capable of speech and enjoys wearing shoes
    • 9th cent., Supplement to the Book of Tang (唐國史補), by Li Zhao (李肇)
      猩猩者好酒與屐,人有取之者,置二物以誘之,猩猩始見,必大罵曰:「誘我也!」乃絕走遠去,久而復來,稍稍相勸,俄頃俱醉,其足皆絆於屐,因遂獲之。 ('The xingxing is a creature fond of alcohol and wooden shoes. Those who wish to capture them would set up these two objects to entice them. When xingxing see them, they would yell out, "You dare trap me?!" They could leave the area but would eventually return. After some encouragement among themselves, they would start drinking and become drunk, starting to put the shoes on, hence getting captured.')

Derived terms[edit]

Idioms[edit]

  • 猩猩能言,不離禽獸 (xīngxīng néng yán, bù lí qínshòu)
    'Even when a xingxing speaks, it still is a beast.'
    This quote from the Book of Rites warns that in order to be a civil human, one must do more than talking like one, but must act like one. (See also: 鸚鵡)