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The tortoise is a symbol of longevity, having a life span of over 150 years. Unreasoning and coldblooded but harmless, it is describe as an animal with its "flesh inside the bones outside." The character for tortoise is a pictograph, with an evolutionary history as slow and steady as the creature itself.

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tortoise

     
  龟板   gui1   ba3n   tortoise plastron  
  龟背   gui1    be4i   curvature of the spinal column  
  龟甲   gui1    jia3   tortoise-shell  
  龟缩   gui1    suo1   withdraw into passive defence  
  乌龟   wu1   gui1     tortoise  
             
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Old, ancient, also Chinese surname

Tortoise

Work, labor, skill

Dove, pigeon

Sweet

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