chinese Idioms & Phrases


chinese alligator

  • noun small alligator of the Yangtze valley of China having unwebbed digits
    Alligator sinensis.
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chinese angelica

  • noun similar to American angelica tree but less prickly; China
    Aralia stipulata; Chinese angelica.
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chinese angelica tree

  • noun similar to American angelica tree but less prickly; China
    Aralia stipulata; Chinese angelica.
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chinese anise

  • noun small tree of China and Vietnam bearing anise-scented star-shaped fruit used in food and medicinally as a carminative
    star anise; Illicium verum.
  • noun anise-scented star-shaped fruit or seed used in Asian cooking and medicine
    star aniseed; star anise.
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chinese black mushroom

  • noun edible east Asian mushroom having a golden or dark brown to blackish cap and an inedible stipe
    Oriental black mushroom; shiitake mushroom; shiitake; Lentinus edodes; golden oak mushroom.
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chinese brown sauce

  • noun a sauce based on soy sauce
    brown sauce.
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chinese cabbage

  • noun plant with an elongated head of broad stalked leaves resembling celery; used as a vegetable in east Asia
    pe-tsai; Brassica rapa pekinensis; celery cabbage; napa.
  • noun elongated head of crisp celery-like stalks and light green leaves
    celery cabbage; Chinese cabbage.
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chinese celery

  • noun elongated head of crisp celery-like stalks and light green leaves
    celery cabbage; Chinese cabbage.
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chinese checkers

  • noun a board game in which each player tries to move a set of marbles through a set of holes from one point of a six-pointed star to the opposite point
    Chinese checkers.
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chinese chequers

  • noun a board game in which each player tries to move a set of marbles through a set of holes from one point of a six-pointed star to the opposite point
    Chinese checkers.
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chinese chestnut

  • noun a small tree with small sweet nuts; wild or naturalized in Korea and China
    Castanea mollissima.
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chinese chive

  • noun a plant of eastern Asia; larger than Allium schoenoprasum
    Oriental garlic; garlic chive; Allium tuberosum.
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chinese cinnamon

  • noun aromatic bark of the cassia-bark tree; less desirable as a spice than Ceylon cinnamon bark
    cassia bark.
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chinese cork oak

  • noun medium to large deciduous tree of China, Japan, and Korea having thick corky bark
    Quercus variabilis.
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chinese date

  • noun dark red plumlike fruit of Old World buckthorn trees
    jujube; Chinese date.
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chinese deity

  • noun a deity worshipped by the ancient Chinese
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chinese elm

  • noun fast-growing shrubby Asian tree naturalized in United States for shelter or ornament
    Siberian elm; dwarf elm; Ulmus pumila.
  • noun small fast-growing tree native to Asia; widely grown as shelterbelts and hedges
    Ulmus parvifolia.
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chinese evergreen

  • noun erect or partially climbing herb having large green or variegated leaves
    Aglaonema modestum; Japanese leaf.
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chinese forget-me-not

  • noun biennial east Asian herb grown for its usually bright blue flowers
    Cynoglossum amabile.
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chinese fried rice

  • noun boiled rice mixed with scallions and minced pork or shrimp and quickly scrambled with eggs
    fried rice.
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chinese goose

  • noun very large wild goose of northeast Asia; interbreeds freely with the greylag
    Anser cygnoides.
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chinese gooseberry

  • noun climbing vine native to China; cultivated in New Zealand for its fuzzy edible fruit with green meat
    kiwi; Actinidia deliciosa; kiwi vine; Actinidia chinensis.
  • noun fuzzy brown egg-shaped fruit with slightly tart green flesh
    kiwi; kiwi fruit.
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chinese hibiscus

  • noun large showy Asiatic shrub or small tree having large single or double red to deep-red flowers
    Hibiscus rosa-sinensis; shoeblack plant; China rose; shoe black; Rose of China.
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chinese holly

  • noun dense rounded evergreen shrub of China having spiny leaves; widely cultivated as an ornamental
    Ilex cornuta.
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chinese jujube

  • noun dark red plumlike fruit of Old World buckthorn trees
    jujube; Chinese date.
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chinese lacquer tree

  • noun small Asiatic tree yielding a toxic exudate from which lacquer is obtained
    Japanese sumac; varnish tree; lacquer tree; Rhus verniciflua; Toxicodendron vernicifluum; Japanese varnish tree; Japanese lacquer tree.
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chinese lantern

  • noun a collapsible paper lantern in bright colors; used for decorative purposes
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chinese lantern plant

  • noun Old World perennial cultivated for its ornamental inflated papery orange-red calyx
    bladder cherry; Physalis alkekengi; winter cherry.
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chinese magnolia

  • noun large deciduous shrub or small tree having large open rosy to purplish flowers; native to Asia; prized as an ornamental in eastern North America
    saucer magnolia; Magnolia soulangiana.
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chinese monetary unit

  • noun the monetary unit in the People's Republic of China
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chinese mushroom

  • noun small tropical and subtropical edible mushroom having a white cap and long stem; an expensive delicacy in China and other Asian countries where it is grown commercially
    straw mushroom; Volvariella volvacea.
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chinese mustard

  • noun Asiatic mustard used as a potherb
    Brassica juncea; leaf mustard; indian mustard; gai choi.
  • noun very hot prepared mustard
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chinese paddlefish

  • noun fish of larger rivers of China similar to the Mississippi paddlefish
    Psephurus gladis.
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Chinese paper

  • . See India paper, under India.
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chinese parasol

  • noun deciduous tree widely grown in southern United States as an ornamental for its handsome maplelike foliage and long racemes of yellow-green flowers followed by curious leaflike pods
    phoenix tree; Firmiana simplex; Japanese varnish tree; Chinese parasol.
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chinese parasol tree

  • noun deciduous tree widely grown in southern United States as an ornamental for its handsome maplelike foliage and long racemes of yellow-green flowers followed by curious leaflike pods
    phoenix tree; Firmiana simplex; Japanese varnish tree; Chinese parasol.
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chinese parsley

  • noun Old World herb with aromatic leaves and seed resembling parsley
    coriander; cilantro; coriander plant; Coriandrum sativum.
  • noun parsley-like herb used as seasoning or garnish
    coriander; cilantro.
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chinese pea tree

  • noun shrub with dark-green glossy foliage and solitary pale yellow flowers; northern China
    Caragana sinica.
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chinese primrose

  • noun cultivated Asiatic primrose
    Primula sinensis.
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chinese privet

  • noun erect evergreen treelike shrub of China and Korea and Japan having acuminate leaves and flowers in long erect panicles; resembles Japanese privet
    Ligustrum lucidum; white wax tree.
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chinese puzzle

  • noun intricate or ingenious puzzle consisting of boxes within boxes
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chinese restaurant syndrome

  • noun headache and tingling or burning feelings and sweating caused by eating food that contains monosodium glutamate
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chinese revolution

  • noun the republican revolution against the Manchu dynasty in China; 1911-1912
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chinese rhubarb

  • noun long used for laxative properties
    Rheum palmatum.
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chinese scholar tree

  • noun handsome roundheaded deciduous tree having compound dark green leaves and profuse panicles of fragrant creamy-white flowers; China and Japan
    Sophora japonica; Sophora sinensis; Japanese pagoda tree; Chinese scholar tree.
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chinese scholartree

  • noun handsome roundheaded deciduous tree having compound dark green leaves and profuse panicles of fragrant creamy-white flowers; China and Japan
    Sophora japonica; Sophora sinensis; Japanese pagoda tree; Chinese scholar tree.
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chinese shan

  • noun a branch of the Tai languages
    Dehong Dai; Tai Nuea.
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chinese silk plant

  • noun tall perennial herb of tropical Asia with dark green leaves; cultivated for the fiber from its woody stems that resembles flax
    Boehmeria nivea; China grass; ramie; ramee.
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chinese wall

  • noun a fortification 1,500 miles long built across northern China in the 3rd century BC; it averages 6 meters in width
    Great Wall; Great Wall of China.
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chinese water chestnut

  • noun Chinese sedge yielding edible bulb-shaped tubers
    Eleocharis dulcis; water chestnut.
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Chinese wax

  • a snowy-wgite, waxlike substance brought from China. It is the bleached secretion of certain insects of the family Coccidæ especially Coccus Sinensis.
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chinese white

  • noun a white pigment used in house paints; consists of zinc oxide
    zinc white.
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chinese white cabbage

  • noun Asiatic plant grown for its cluster of edible white stalks with dark green leaves
    pak choi; bok choy; Brassica rapa chinensis; pakchoi; bok choi.
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chinese wistaria

  • noun having deep purple flowers
    Wisteria chinensis.
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chinese wood oil

  • noun a yellow oil obtained from the seeds of the tung tree
    tung oil.
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chinese yam

  • noun hardy Chinese vine naturalized in United States and cultivated as an ornamental climber for its glossy heart-shaped cinnamon-scented leaves and in the tropics for its edible tubers
    Dioscorea batata; cinnamon vine.
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chinese-red

  • adjective satellite of a vivid red to reddish-orange color
    cinnabar; vermilion; vermillion.
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indo-chinese

In`do-Chi*nese" adjective

Etymology
Indo- + Chinese.
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  1. Of or pertaining to Indo-China (i. e., Farther India, or India beyond the Ganges).
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mandarin chinese

  • noun the dialect of Chinese spoken in Beijing and adopted as the official language for all of China
    Mandarin; Beijing dialect; Mandarin dialect.
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purple chinese houses

  • noun white and lavender to pale-blue flowers grow in perfect rings of widely spaced bands around the stems forming a kind of pagoda; California
    Collinsia bicolor; innocense; Collinsia heterophylla.
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