ChineseEdit

 
old; aged; venerable
old; aged; venerable; outdated; experienced; (affectionate prefix)
tiger
trad. (老虎)
simp. #(老虎)

EtymologyEdit

(lǎo, “old; venerable”) is used to indicate respect for the dangerous animal, which is subject to taboo. Compare ancient Chu dialect 於菟.

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NounEdit

老虎

 
老虎 (1)
  1. tiger (Classifier: m c)
    方圓之內根本沒有老虎 [MSC, trad.]
    方圆之内根本没有老虎 [MSC, simp.]
    Zài zhè fāngyuán shí lǐ zhīnèi gēnběn jiù méiyǒu lǎohǔ. [Pinyin]
    There simply isn't a single tiger within the 10-mile radius.
  2. (Yangzhou Mandarin) tractor
  3. (figuratively) energy-consuming unit or machine
  4. (figuratively) one who uses one's power and influence to engage in large-scale embezzlement, theft or tax evasion

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