反哺

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Chinese[edit]

wrong side out or up; anti- feed
simp. and trad.
(反哺)
variant forms 返哺

Etymology[edit]

Originally referred to a raven that would provide food to its mother after becoming an adult. Emperor Wu of Liang [6th century]:

靈蛇酬德慈烏反哺報親蟲鳥三才令人 [MSC, trad.][▼ expand/hide]
灵蛇酬德慈乌反哺报亲虫鸟三才令人 [MSC, simp.]
Língshé xián zhū yǐ chóudé, cíwū fǎnbǔ yǐ bàoqīn, zài chóngniǎo qí shàng ěr, kuàng sāncái zhī lìngrén. [Pinyin]
The mystic snake holds a pearl in its mouth to show gratitude; the raven feeds its parents to repay their kindness. It's as such even in lower animals and birds, let alone the virtuous men.

Pronunciation[edit]


Verb[edit]

反哺

  1. to take care of one's parents when they are old; to show filial piety
    他們心底反哺父母強烈願望 [MSC, trad.]
    他们心底反哺父母强烈愿望 [MSC, simp.]
    From: 2005: anon., http://szlife.oeeee.com
    Tāmen hěn duō rén xīndǐ, dōu yǒu fǎnbǔ fùmǔ de qiángliè yuànwàng. [Pinyin]
    In their hearts, a lot of them have a strong desire to take care of their parents when they are old.
  2. to give back to a person or institution which has contributed to one's own growth
    農業支援工業工業反哺農業,…… [MSC, trad.]
    农业支援工业工业反哺农业,…… [MSC, simp.]
    From: 2005: anon., http://finance.sina.com.cn
    cóng nóngyè zhīyuán gōngyè dào gōngyè fǎnbǔ nóngyè,...... [Pinyin]
    From agriculture supporting industry to industry giving back to agriculture ...

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Sino-Xenic (反哺):