呉牛月に喘ぐ

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term

Grade: S
ぎゅう
Grade: 2
つき
Grade: 1
あえ
Hyōgaiji

Etymology[edit]

From Literary Chinese, from 世說新語/言語:

吳牛。」 [Classical Chinese, trad.]
吴牛。” [Classical Chinese, simp.]
“chén yóu wúniú, jiàn yuè ér chuǎn.” [Pinyin]
"The minister is a like a water buffalo seeing the moon and breathing heavily."

Literally "water buffalo pants at the moon", as if the moon were a hot sun.

Alternative forms[edit]

Proverb[edit]

呉牛月に喘ぐ (hiragana ごぎゅうつきにあえぐ, rōmaji gogyū tsuki ni aegu)

  1. excessive fear