虎子

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Chinese[edit]

simpl. and trad.

Etymology[edit]

During the Han Dynasty, the emperor's commode was called 虎子. However, Emperor Gaozu of Tang had a grandfather whose name was Li Hu (李虎). Because it was forbidden for common items to contain the given names of members of the imperial family (see: Naming taboo), 虎子 was changed to trad. 馬子, simpl. 马子, which morphed later into trad. 馬桶, simpl. 马桶.

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Noun[edit]

虎子

  1. (archaic) nightstool; closestool; commode; toilet; chamber pot

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