金剛

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Chinese[edit]

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metal; money; gold
 
hard; firm; strong; just; barely; exactly
trad. (金剛)
simp. (金刚)

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Noun[edit]

金剛

  1. diamond
  2. (figuratively) an object that is extremely hard and strong
  3. (Buddhism) vajra

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金剛

  1. King Kong (a fictional giant ape)

Japanese[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle Chinese compound 金剛 (kim kang, literally metal + strong, hard). Compare modern Cantonese reading gam1 gong1.

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Noun[edit]

金剛 (hiragana こんごう, romaji kongō)

  1. Buddhist term of Vajra, literally meaning both "Diamond" & "Thunderbolt," referring to the symbolic nature of both that of a diamond, (in that it can cut any substance, but can not, itself, be cut,) and that of the thunderbolt, (an irresistible force)
  2. the firmness of one's own spirit, and the strength of one's own spiritual power
  3. (Buddhism) short for 金剛杵 (こんごうしょ) (kongōsho): a vajra, a dorje: a kind of double-headed scepter used in esoteric Buddhism
  4. (figuratively, literally) something extremely hard, of extreme strength
  5. short for 金剛石 (こんごうせき) (kongōseki): diamond as a mineral or gemstone

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References[edit]

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