|simp. and trad.
The figurative sense reportedly originates from the practice of using trigrams to censor explicit body parts on some Hong Kong tabloids.
- Cantonese (Jyutping): baat3 gwaa3
- Hakka (Sixian, PFS): pat-koa
- Min Nan (POJ): pat-kòa
- Min Nan
- eight divinatory trigrams of the I Ching
- 八卦以象告，爻彖以情言，剛柔雜居，而吉凶可見矣。 [Classical Chinese, trad.]
- From: I Ching, 3rd – 2nd millennia BCE
- Bāguà yǐ xiàng gào, yáo tuàn yǐ qíng yán, gāngróu zájū, ér jíxiōng kějiàn yǐ. [Pinyin]
- The eight trigrams communicate their information by their emblematic figures. The explanations appended to the lines and the completed figures tell how the contemplation of them affected (the makers). The strong and the weak lines appear mixed in them, and (thus) the good and the evil (which they indicate) can be seen.
八卦以象告，爻彖以情言，刚柔杂居，而吉凶可见矣。 [Classical Chinese, simp.]
- (figuratively) gossip; tittle-tattle; rumour
|Kanji in this term|
|はち > はっ
- The eight divinatory trigrams of the I Ching.
- augury, divination, scrying, fortune-telling, particularly using trigrams.