老虎

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Chinese[edit]

 
old; aged; venerable
old; aged; venerable; outdated; experienced; (affectionate prefix)
tiger
trad. (老虎)
simp. #(老虎)

Etymology[edit]

(lǎo, “old; venerable”) is used to indicate respect for the dangerous animal, which is subject to taboo. Compare ancient Chu dialect 於菟.

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老虎

  1. tiger (Classifier: )
  2. (figurative) energy-consuming unit or machine
  3. (figurative) one who uses one's power and influence to engage in large-scale embezzlement, theft or tax evasion

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