馬桶

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Chinese[edit]

horse; horse chess piece; Surname
 
pail; bucket; bin; barrel
trad. (馬桶)
simp. (马桶)

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 馬子, which morphed later into 馬桶.

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馬桶

  1. nightstool; closestool; commode
  2. chamber pot
  3. toilet
  4. toilet bowl
  5. sitting toilet

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