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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
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Chapter 5: The Whomping Willow


(For the romanisation of Chinese and Japanese, see Transliteration. To understand the writing systems of CJV, see Writing Systems. For word order notes, see Word Order)

Where a Vietnamese word has been borrowed from Chinese, the original Chinese characters are shown in parentheses.


Chinese (Mainland) 打人柳
打人 dǎ rén = 'hit person'.
liǔ = 'willow'.
Person-hitting willow
Chinese (Taiwan) 渾拚柳
hún = 'stupid, unsophisticated'.
pīn = 'go all out, be ready to risk all (in a fight, in work, etc.)'.
liǔ = 'willow'.
Blindly fighting willow
Japanese 暴れ柳
暴れ abare- = 'running amok, riotous' (from the verb 暴れる abareru 'behave furiously, run amok'.)
yanagi = 'willow'.
The violent/rioting willow
Vietnamese Cây liễu roi cây = 'tree'.
liễu () = 'willow'.
roi = 'whip, lash, bamboo cane'.
The whip willow tree

The English is based on 'Weeping Willow', playfully modified to 'Whomping Willow' (thanks to Randolph Fritz for pointing this out).

(A summary of this chapter can be found at Harry Potter Facts.) Detailed notes on the chapter can be found at Harry Potter Lexicon)

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