菜鳥

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Etymology[edit]

  • Literally, "food bird", referring to piegons who, in stages of breeding, are not good enough to become carrier pigeons, and so become food instead.

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Noun[edit]

菜鳥

  1. (slang) newbie; novice; beginner

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References[edit]

  • "菜鸟" (in Mandarin), baidu.com. URL accessed on 2009-11-16.
  • 2008, Shujuan Li, Popular Chinese Expressions (流行汉语), edition 2nd (in English/Mandarin), Beijing: Sinolingua, ISBN 978-7-80200-388-0: