青出於藍

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Mandarin[edit]

green (blue, black); Qinghai province (abbrev.)
 
to go out; to come out; to occur; to produce; to go beyond; to rise; to put forth; to occur; to happen; (a measure word for dramas, plays, or operas)
 
in; at; to; from; by; than; out of; (surname)
blue; kohlrabi
trad. (青出於藍)
simp. (青出于蓝)

Etymology[edit]

Short for 青出於藍,而勝於藍 (qīngchūyúlán ér shèng yú lán) "blue comes from the indigo plant but is bluer than the plant itself"

Proverb[edit]

青出於藍 (traditional, Pinyin qīngchūyúlán, simplified 青出于蓝)

  1. the student has surpassed his or her teacher

Descendants[edit]