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wicker road; path; way
trad. (篳路藍縷) 藍縷
simp. (筚路蓝缕) 蓝缕
variant forms 蓽路藍縷荜路蓝缕
蓽露藍蔞荜露蓝蒌
篳路襤褸筚路褴褛

EtymologyEdit

From Zuozhuan:

若敖蚡冒篳路藍縷山林 [Classical Chinese, trad.][▼ expand/hide]
若敖蚡冒筚路蓝缕山林 [Classical Chinese, simp.]
From: Commentary of Zuo, circa 4th century BCE, translation from Zuozhuan: Commentary on the "Spring and Autumn Annals" (2017), by Stephen Durrant, Wai-yee Li and David Schaberg
Xùn zhī yǐ Ruò'áo, Fénmào bìlù lánlǚ yǐ qǐ shānlín. [Pinyin]
He admonishes them on how the Chu ancestors Ruo'ao and Fenmao, riding in rugged wooden carts and clad in tattered hemp, opened up hills and forests for cultivation.

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IdiomEdit

篳路藍縷

  1. (figuratively) the hardships of beginning an undertaking