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The Big Dipper / Ursa Major

běi dǒu qī xīng
hoku to shichi sei
The Big Dipper / Ursa Major Scroll

北斗七星 is a Chinese, Japanese Kanji and old Korean Hanja title for Ursa Major, The Big Dipper, or The Great She-Bear.

You will also see the shorter title of 北斗星 and sometimes just 斗 is used to refer to the dipper when the astrological context is established.

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斗 is how to express the act of fighting in Chinese.

Generally, this means fighting against someone or some force whether physically or metaphorically.

Note: There is more than one way to write this character. You will notice variations on the next page after you click "Select and Customize". If you have a preference, please let us know when you place your order.

Please note that there is a secondary pronunciation and meaning of this character. It can also mean "measuring cup" or in Japanese "sake dipper" or even "The Big Dipper". In Japanese and Korean, this does not have the fighting meaning associated with it. You should, therefore, select this character only if your audience is Chinese, or you are a big fan of sake dippers or The Big Dipper (as that is how it will be read by Japanese and Korean people).

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition


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běi dǒu qī xīng
    bei3 dou3 qi1 xing1
pei tou ch`i hsing
    pei tou chi hsing
 hokutoshichisei / hokutoshichise
Fight / Beat Someone Scroll
(astronomy) Big Dipper
{astron} (See 北斗星) the Big Dipper (asterism); the Plough; the Plow; (personal name) Hokutoshichisei
Ursa Major

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stars of the Big Dipper that constitute the tail of the dipper


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qī xīng
    qi1 xing1
ch`i hsing
    chi hsing
 shichisei; shichishou / shichise; shichisho
    しちせい; しちしょう
Qixing district of Guilin city 桂林市[Gui4 lin2 shi4], Guangxi
(archaism) {astron} (See 北斗七星) the Big Dipper (asterism); the Plough; the Plow; (personal name) Naboshi
Ursa major; Worshipped in Japan as 妙見菩薩 Wonderful Sight Bodhisattva who protects this world; Ursa Major


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běi dǒu
    bei3 dou3
pei tou
Great Bear; Big Dipper; Beidou or Peitou Town in Changhua County 彰化縣|彰化县[Zhang1 hua4 Xian4], Taiwan
(abbreviation) {astron} (See 北斗七星) the Big Dipper (asterism); the Plough; the Plow; (p,s,f) Hokuto
(北斗七星) Ursa major, the Northern Bushel with its seven stars; Ursa Major



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tiān quán
    tian1 quan2
t`ien ch`üan
    tien chüan
delta Ursae Majoris in the Big Dipper


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tiān xuán
    tian1 xuan2
t`ien hsüan
    tien hsüan
beta Ursae Majoris in the Big Dipper



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tiān jī
    tian1 ji1
t`ien chi
    tien chi
gamma Ursae Majoris in the Big Dipper



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yáo guāng
    yao2 guang1
yao kuang
eta Ursae Majoris in the Big Dipper


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dǒu nán
    dou3 nan2
tou nan
Dounan or Tounan town in Yunlin county 雲林縣|云林县[Yun2 lin2 xian4], Taiwan
(archaism) the whole world; south of the Big Dipper; (surname) Hoshinami


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dǒu bǐng
    dou3 bing3
tou ping
handle of the Big Dipper


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dǒu niú
    dou3 niu2
tou niu
 togyuu / togyu
Big Dipper and Altair (astronomy)
(given name) Togyuu


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yù héng
    yu4 heng2
yü heng
epsilon Ursae Majoris in the Big Dipper



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kāi yáng
    kai1 yang2
k`ai yang
    kai yang
 kaiyou / kaiyo
zeta Ursae Majoris in the Big Dipper; Kaiyang county in Guiyang 貴陽|贵阳[Gui4 yang2], Guizhou
(place-name) Kaiyou


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kuí xīng
    kui2 xing1
k`uei hsing
    kuei hsing
 kaisei / kaise
stars of the Big Dipper that constitute the rectangular body of the dipper; Kuixing, Daoist God of fate
(1) first star of the Big Dipper; (2) (archaism) top applicant in the civil service examination (Imperial China); (personal name) Kaisei


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(1) {astron} (See 北斗七星) the Big Dipper (asterism); the Plough; the Plow; (2) (See 七曜・1) family crest representing the seven luminaries (with one central circle surrounded by six other circles); (3) (See 真鰯) Japanese pilchard (Sardinops melanostictus); Japanese sardine



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qī xīng gé
    qi1 xing1 ge2
ch`i hsing ko
    chi hsing ko
 shichishō kaku
shrine hall for the seven stars (big dipper); shrine hall for the seven stars (big dipper)


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 shichiyousei / shichiyose
(1) {astron} (See 北斗七星) the Big Dipper (asterism); the Plough; the Plow; (2) {astron} (See 七曜・1) the seven luminaries (sun, moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn)


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(See 北斗) the Big Dipper seen on a winter night


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běi dǒu táng
    bei3 dou3 tang2
pei tou t`ang
    pei tou tang
 hokuto dō
The hall for the worship of Ursa Major; big dipper hall


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běi dǒu xīng
    bei3 dou3 xing1
pei tou hsing
 hokutosei / hokutose
the Big Dipper; the Plow
{astron} (See 北斗七星) the Big Dipper (asterism); the Plough; the Plow; (given name) Hokutosei



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tiān shū xīng
    tian1 shu1 xing1
t`ien shu hsing
    tien shu hsing
alpha Ursae Majoris in the Big Dipper


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tiān gāng xīng
    tian1 gang1 xing1
t`ien kang hsing
    tien kang hsing
the Big Dipper


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(1) {astron} (See 北斗七星) the Big Dipper (asterism); the Plough; the Plow; (2) {astron} (See 七曜・しちよう・1) Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn


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nán jī běi dǒu
    nan2 ji1 bei3 dou3
nan chi pei tou
the Winnowing Basket in the southern sky, and the Big Dipper in the north (idiom); something which, despite its name, is of no practical use


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 shisounohoshi / shisonohoshi
(exp,n) (archaism) (See 北斗七星) the Big Dipper (asterism); the Plough; the Plow



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miào jiàn pú sà
    miao4 jian4 pu2 sa4
miao chien p`u sa
    miao chien pu sa
 myoukenbosatsu / myokenbosatsu
{Buddh} Myōken (bodhisattva; deification of the North Star or the Big Dipper)



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dǒu zhuǎn xīng yí
    dou3 zhuan3 xing1 yi2
tou chuan hsing i
lit. the Big Dipper 北斗星[Bei3 dou3 xing1] has turned and the stars have moved; time flies; also written 星移斗轉|星移斗转[xing1 yi2 Dou3 zhuan3]



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xīng yí dǒu zhuǎn
    xing1 yi2 dou3 zhuan3
hsing i tou chuan
lit. the Big Dipper 北斗星[Bei3 dou3 xing1] has turned and the stars have moved; time flies; also written 斗轉星移|斗转星移[Dou3 zhuan3 xing1 yi2]


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tài shān běi dǒu
    tai4 shan1 bei3 dou3
t`ai shan pei tou
    tai shan pei tou
lit. Mount Tai and the North Star (idiom); fig. an outstanding figure in one's field
(yoji) (from The New Book of Tang) great authority; eminent person; luminary; Mount Tai and the Big Dipper


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 jettokoosutaa / jettokoosuta
roller coaster (wasei: jet coaster); big dipper
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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
The Big Dipper
Ursa Major
北斗七星hoku to shichi sei
běi dǒu qī xīng
bei3 dou3 qi1 xing1
bei dou qi xing
pei tou ch`i hsing
pei tou chi hsing
Beat Someone
dòu / dou4 / doutou

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