Japanese Word Entry

海底撈月

Simplified Japanese form: 海底撈月

Kana:かいていろうげつ
Romaji:kaiteirougetsu
Definition: totally useless (fruitless) effort, wasting time on an impossible task (like trying to scoop up a reflected moon from the bottom of the sea)

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Chinese characters used in this word

sea, ocean, maritime
Readings
Mandarin: ㄏㄞˇ (hǎi)
Cantonese: hoi2
Japanese: カイ (kai) / うみ (umi)
Korean: 해 (hae)
Vietnamese: hải
Variants
Simplified Japanese form:

bottom, sole, depth, bottom price, base, kind, sort, underneath, underside
Readings
Mandarin: ㄉㄧˇ (dǐ), ㄉㄜ˙ (de)
Cantonese: dai2
Japanese: テイ (tei) / そこ (soko)、 なんぞ (nanzo)
Korean: 지 (ji), 저 (jeo)
Vietnamese: để

catch fish, scoop out of water, dredge, fish
Readings
Mandarin: ㄌㄠ (lāo)
Cantonese: laau4, lou1, lou4
Japanese: ロウ (rou)、 リョウ (ryou) / すくいあげ (sukuiage)、 とる (toru)
Korean: 로 (ro)
Vietnamese: lao, liệu, lau
Variants
Simplified Chinese form:

month, moon, KangXi radical 74
Readings
Mandarin: ㄩㄝˋ (yuè), ㄖㄨˋ (rù)
Cantonese: jyut6
Japanese: ゲツ (getsu)、 ガツ (gatsu) / つき (tsuki)
Korean: 월 (weol)
Vietnamese: nguyệt