to raise (animals); livestock; domesticated animal; domestic animal
to be born; to give birth; life; to grow; student; raw
|simp. and trad.
From 畜 ("domestic animal, livestock") + 生 ("(牲) domestic animal"). Variant: 畜牲. First attested in Han Feizi (circa 2nd century BC). The expletive sense was attested in the Book of Sui (7th century AD). Influenced, through Buddhism, by Sanskrit तिर्यग्योनि (tiryagyoni, “animal creation”) and Pali tiracchānayoni (“the realm of the brute creation”) during the Six Dynasties times, as this word was used as a translation of the Sanskrit and Pali terms. Compare 牲畜.
- (Standard Chinese, Beijing)
- (Standard Chinese, Beijing, erhua-ed)
|Kanji in this term|
/tikusyau/ → /tikusyoː/
- (Buddhism) beast: a generic term for animals, birds, fish and insects, as the reincarnated form of one who had bad karma in a previous life
- a derogative term for a person