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Chinlingo Chinese character: 蛋

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"蛋" (dàn) is a noun that refers to the hard shelled "eggs" of birds and reptile.

"蛋(dàn )":名词,本义为鸟类、爬虫类产的带硬壳儿的卵。

It consists of "" and "疋". 虫" in the bottom is a single character. 

"蛋(dàn )"字由"虫"和"疋"构成。下部的部件,同时也是独体字。

"虫" (chónɡ) meant eggs of some land animals originally. In ancient Chinese,"虫" referred to all animals in general. "疋" means legs of the oviparous animals. Thus, "蛋" was created to refer to the "shelled eggs of animals". 

"虫(chónɡ)"的原始含义是由某些陆上动物所产下的卵,古汉语用 "虫(chónɡ)" 泛指动物。上部分的"疋"则表示"卵生动物的脚"。所以,"蛋"的造字含义是动物所生的带有壳的卵。

In modern Chinese, "蛋" has three common meanings as below:

在现代汉语中,"蛋(dàn)"有以下3个常用的意思:

1. Hard shelled eggs of birds and reptile 鸟类、爬虫类产的带硬壳的卵. For example, 鸡蛋 (jī dàn, hen's egg); 蛇蛋 (shé dàn, snake's egg) 

2. egg-shaped things 形状像蛋的东西: 脸蛋 (liǎn dàn, face or cheek); 彩蛋 (cǎi dàn, painted eggshell) 

3. Rebuke a person of certain characteristics 表示斥责: 笨蛋 (bèn dàn, fool, idiot); 坏蛋 (huài dàn, badass, scoundrel)  

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2016-06-21

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