阴阳

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Chinese[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

  • Root meaning: moonlight (dark) and sunlight (light). Yin later came to be associated with female, negative etc. Yang later came to be associated with male, positive etc.
  • c. 479 BCE - 221 BCE: Confucius, 周易/系辞上#第五章 (Zhou Yi, Appended Words Part one, Chapter five)
    阴阳
    That which can not be measured (in straight forward terms such as) black and white (bad and good; negative and positive etc.) is called mysterious (or divine)

Noun[edit]

阴阳

  1. negative and positive; yin and yang; yin-yang;