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jiǔ nine / 9
jiǔ black jade / nine (banker's anti-fraud numeral)
龙生九子 lóng shēng jiǔ lit. the dragon has nine sons (idiom); fig. all kinds of characters / good and bad intermingled / It takes all sorts to make a world.
九死一生 jiǔ shēng nine deaths and still alive (idiom); a narrow escape / new lease of life
九鼎 Jiǔ Dǐng the Nine Tripod Cauldrons, symbol of state power, dating back to the Xia Dynasty
九尾狐 jiǔ wěi nine-tailed fox (mythological creature)
少府 shào Minor Treasurer in imperial China, one of the Nine Ministers 九卿[jiu3 qing1]
三教九流 sān jiào jiǔ liú the Three Religions (Daoism, Confucianism, Buddhism) and Nine Schools (Confucians, Daoists, Yin-Yang, Legalists, Logicians, Mohists, Political Strategists, Eclectics, Agriculturists) / fig. people from all trades (often derog.)
事半功倍 shì bàn gōng bèi half the work, twice the effect (idiom); the right approach saves effort and leads to better results / a stitch in time saves nine
一言九鼎 yán jiǔ dǐng one word worth nine sacred tripods (idiom); words of enormous weight
九泉 jiǔ quán the nine springs / the underworld of Chinese mythology / Hades
三跪九叩 sān guì jiǔ kòu to kneel three times and kowtow nine times (formal etiquette on meeting the emperor)
九卿 jiǔ qīng the Nine Ministers (in imperial China)
廷尉 tíng wèi Commandant of Justice in imperial China, one of the Nine Ministers 九卿[jiu3 qing1]
九牛一毛 jiǔ niú - máo lit. one hair from nine oxen (idiom) / fig. a drop in the ocean
数九寒天 shǔ jiǔ hán tiān nine periods of nine days each after winter solstice, the coldest time of the year
九九归一 jiǔ jiǔ guī nine divide by nine is one (abacus rule) / when all is said and done
德沃夏克 xià Antonin Dvořák (1841-1904), Bohemian composer, author of nine symphonies including the New World symphony
九头鸟 jiǔ tóu niǎo legendary bird with nine heads (old) / cunning or sly person
数九 shǔ jiǔ nine periods of nine days each after winter solstice, the coldest time of the year
沅江九肋 Yuán jiāng jiǔ lèi rare talent / lit. legendary nine-ribbed turtle of Yuan river
三旬九食 sān xún jiǔ shí lit. to have only nine meals in thirty days (idiom) / fig. (of a family) on the brink of starvation / in dire straits
卫尉 wèi wèi Commandant of Guards (in imperial China), one of the Nine Ministers 九卿[jiu3 qing1]
太常 tài cháng Minister of Ceremonies in imperial China, one of the Nine Ministers 九卿[jiu3 qing1]
赑屃 Bixi, one of the nine sons of a dragon with the form of a tortoise, also known as 龜趺|龟趺[gui1 fu1]


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