干支

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Chinese[edit]

[heavenly] stems [earthly] branches
simp. and trad.
(干支)
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干支

  1. The Chinese sexagenary cycle expressed as combinations of the ten heavenly stems and the twelve earthly branches.

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Etymology 1[edit]

Kanji in this term
かん
Grade: 6

Grade: 5
on’yomi

Noun[edit]

干支 (hiragana かんし, rōmaji kanshi)

  1. the sexagenary cycle (especially sixty-year cycle)
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Etymology 2[edit]

The combination of (え, e; elder brother) and (と, to; younger brother); the original meaning is 兄弟 (brother). Derived from this term, the elder is adopted as "positive" and "heavenly stems", the younger is adopted as "negative" and "earthly branches".

Noun[edit]

干支 (hiragana えと, rōmaji eto)

  1. (Same as above): the sexagenary cycle (especially sixty-year cycle)
    2000年 (にせんねん) () ()庚辰 (かのえたつ)でした。
    Nisen nen no eto wa kanoetatsu deshita.
    The sexagenary cycle of the year 2000 was the metal dragon.
  2. (narrowly): the twelve earthly branches
    1994年 (せんきゅうひゃくきゅうじゅうよねん) () () (いぬ)でした。
    Senkyūhyakukyūjūyo nen no eto wa inu deshita.
    The twelve earthly branches of the year 1994 was the dog.