秀色可餐

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Chinese[edit]

beautiful facial features
 
can; may; able to; certain(ly); to suit; (particle used for emphasis)
eat; meal
simp. and trad.
(秀色可餐)
秀色
Literally: “a beautiful countenance that can be eaten”.

Etymology[edit]

From a line in the poem 《日出東南隅行》 by Lu Ji (陸機):

秀色 [Classical Chinese, trad.][▼ expand/hide]
秀色 [Classical Chinese, simp.]
Xiān fū yī hé rùn, xiùsè ruò cān. [Pinyin]
Her skin, soft and tender, and her beauty, deliciously desirable.

Pronunciation[edit]


Idiom[edit]

秀色可餐

  1. (of a woman) extremely attractive; breathtakingly beautiful