|wisdom; knowledge||tooth; ivory|
|simp. and trad.
- Alternative name for 智齒／智齿 (zhìchǐ, “wisdom tooth”).
- From: The Book of Northern Qi, by Li Baiyao, 636 CE
- Wǔchéng shēng diānyá, wèn zhū yī, shàngyào diǎnyù Dèng Xuānwén yǐ shí duì, Wǔchéng nù ér tà zhī.
Hòu yǐ wèn Zhīcái, bàihè yuē: “Cǐ shì zhìyá, shēng zhìyá zhě cōngmíng chángshòu.” Wǔchéng yuè ér shǎng zhī. [Pinyin]
- (The young) Emperor Wucheng was starting to grow his wisdom teeth. He asked the imperial physicians why this was so, and the head physician, Deng Xuanwen, answered truthfully (that their eruption was a sign of maturation). Emperor Wucheng was displeased with the explanation and asked for him to be flogged.
He then asked Xu Zhicai (another imperial physician). Xu congratulated the emperor and said: “These are the wisdom teeth, Your Majesty. Those who have wisdom teeth are wise and long-lived.” Emperor Wucheng was delighted, and rewarded him.
後以問之才，拜賀曰：「此是智牙，生智牙者聰明長壽。」武成悅而賞之。 [Classical Chinese, trad.]
后以问之才，拜贺曰：“此是智牙，生智牙者聪明长寿。”武成悦而赏之。 [Classical Chinese, simp.]