- (China) A pair of mandarin ducks, one male and one female, as a symbol of faithful union.
1955, Denton & Hockx, Literary Societies Of Republican China, →ISBN, page 49:
- They were believed, in Chinese tradition, to appear always in affectionate pairs; indeed, their name yuanyang means literally male (yuan) and female (yang) mandarin duck.
1889, Congressional Serial Set, page 460:
- The yuanyang are the male and female repectively of Anas galericulata, commonly called by Europeans "Mandarin duck." These beautiful water-fowl manifest when mated a singular degree of attachment for each other, and they have hence been elevated into the emblems of connubial affection and fidelity.
2006, Pi-Ching Hsu, Beyond Eroticism: A Historian's Reading of Humor in Feng Menglong's Child's Folly:
- Yuanyang, the Mandarin duck, mates for life, and is hence a symbol of conjugal felicity.
2016, Matt Huang & Grace Hsu, Young China Hand, →ISBN:
- May the pair of yuanyang 鸳鸯 augur well for our proposed union with Dominant Duck," said Susie gaily.
- A drink that combines equal parts of coffee and Hong Kong-style milk tea.
2012, Avani Burdett, Delicatessen Cookbook - Burdett's Delicatessen Recipes, →ISBN:
- Yuanyang, sometimes also called Ying Yong, is a popular beverage in Hong Kong, made of a mixture of coffee and Hong-style milk tea.
2013, Andrew Dalby, The Breakfast Book, →ISBN, page 92:
- It is even enjoyed as a unique half tea, half coffee milky mix, yuanyang, a conjugal pairing as disparate as male and female Mandarin ducks (yes, it gets its name from the ducks).
2013, Matthew Gerwitz, Disposable Catheters and Other Musings, →ISBN, page 7:
- After just thirty minutes and very limited math skills, my research indicated there are far too many people buying Double-Espresso Macchiato Yuanyangs just prior to entering the expressway for the morning's "rush hour", if you know what I mean.
2015, T Turner, Hong Kong 2016 - : Have an Adventure!:
- Yuanyang is also a popular drink mixed with milk tea and coffee.
2016, Michael Zee, SymmetryBreakfast, →ISBN, page 133:
- It comes as no surprise that Hong Kongers have discovered the joys of combining tea and coffee to create yuanyang.