ChineseEdit

tiger
 
child; son; (noun suffix)
child; son; (noun suffix); small thing; seed; egg; 1st earthly branch; 11 pm-1 am; midnight
trad. (虎子)
simp. #(虎子)
 
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Ceramic chamber pot (虎子), Western Jin era (c. 3rd century).

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NounEdit

虎子

  1. (literary, literally) tiger's cub
    虎穴虎子 [Classical Chinese, trad. and simp.]
    Bù rù hǔxué, yān dé hǔzǐ? [Pinyin]
    If you don't enter the tiger's den, how will you get the tiger's cub?
  2. (archaic) nightstool; closestool; commode; toilet; chamber pot (with shape similar to tiger)

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During the Han Dynasty, the emperor's commode was called 虎子 (hǔzǐ). However, the grandfather of Emperor Gaozu of Tang was called 李虎 (Lǐ Hǔ). Because it was forbidden for common items to contain the given names of members of the imperial family (see Naming taboo), 虎子 was changed to 馬子马子 (mǎzi), which morphed later into 馬桶马桶 (mǎtǒng).