逆鱗

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
げき
Grade: 5
りん
Jinmeiyō
on’yomi

Etymology[edit]

From the legend in Han Feizi of a scale () under a dragon's chin that grows backwards () and causes the dragon to enter a fit of rage if touched.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

逆鱗 (hiragana げきりん, rōmaji gekirin)

  1. the anger of a superior

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References[edit]

  1. ^ 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN