cao2
surname Cao; Zhou Dynasty vassal state

cao2
class or grade; generation; plaintiff and defendant (old); government department (old)

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radical
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绑赴市曹 綁赴市曹 bang3 fu4 shi4 cao2
to bind up and take to the market (idiom); to take a prisoner to the town center for execution

曹白鱼 曹白魚 cao2 bai2 yu2
Chinese herring (Ilisha elongata); white herring; slender shad

曹不兴 曹不興 cao2 bu4 xing1
Cao Buxing or Ts'ao Pu-hsing (active c. 210-250), famous semi-legendary painter, one of the Four Great Painters of the Six dynasties 六朝四大家

曹参 曹參 cao2 can1
Cao Can (-190 BC), second chancellor of Han Dynasty, contributed to its founding by fighting on Liu Bang's 劉邦|刘邦 side during the Chu-Han Contention 楚漢戰爭|楚汉战争; also pr.

曹操 曹操 cao2 cao1
Cao Cao (155-220), famous statesman and general at the end of Han, noted poet and calligrapher, later warlord, founder and first king of Cao Wei 曹魏, father of Emperor Cao Pi 曹丕; the main villain of novel the Romance of Three Kingdoms 三國演義|三国演义

曹冲 曹沖 cao2 chong1
Cao Chong (196-208), son of Cao Cao 曹操

曹刚川 曹剛川 cao2 gang1 chuan1
Cao Gangchuan (1935-), former artillery officer, senior PRC politician and army leader

曹靖华 曹靖華 cao2 jing4 hua2
Cao Jinghua (1897-1987), translator from Russian, professor of Peking University and essayist

曹锟 曹錕 cao2 kun1
Cao Kun (1862-1938), one of the Northern Warlords

曹丕 曹丕 cao2 pi1
Cao Pi (187-226), second son of Cao Cao 曹操, king then emperor of Cao Wei 曹魏 from 220, ruled as Emperor Wen 魏文帝, also a noted calligrapher

曹魏 曹魏 cao2 wei4
Cao Wei, the most powerful of the Three Kingdoms, established as a dynasty in 220 by Cao Pi 曹丕, son of Cao Cao, replaced by Jin dynasty in 265

曹县 曹縣 cao2 xian4
Cao county in Heze 菏澤|菏泽, Shandong

曹雪芹 曹雪芹 cao2 xue3 qin2
Cao Xueqin (c. 1715-c. 1764), accepted author of A Dream of Red Mansions 紅樓夢|红楼梦

曹禺 曹禺 cao2 yu2
Cao Yu (1910-1997), PRC dramatist

曹余章 曹餘章 cao2 yu2 zhang1
Cao Yuzhang (1924-), modern writer and publisher, author of narrative history 上下五千年

曹植 曹植 cao2 zhi2
Cao Zhi (192-232), son of Cao Cao 曹操, noted poet and calligrapher

赴阴曹 赴陰曹 fu4 yin1 cao2
to enter hell

军曹鱼 軍曹魚 jun1 cao2 yu2
cobia or black kingfish (Rachycentron canadum)

聂姆曹娃 聶姆曹娃 nie4 mu3 cao2 wa2
Božena Němcová (1820-1862), Czech writer

三曹 三曹 san1 cao2
the Three Caos (Cao Cao 曹操 and his sons Cao Pi 曹丕 and Cao Zhi 曹植), who established the Wei or Cao Wei dynasty 曹魏, and were all three noted poets and calligraphers

身在曹营心在汉 身在曹營心在漢 shen1 zai4 cao2 ying2 xin1 zai4 han4
live in Cao camp but have the heart in Han camp (idiom.); to be somewhere while longing to be somewhere else

市曹 市曹 shi4 cao2
market; official in charge of small merchants

说曹操曹操就到 說曹操曹操就到 shuo1 cao2 cao1 cao2 cao1 jiu4 dao4
lit. speak of Cao Cao and Cao Cao arrives; fig. speak of the devil and he doth appear

萧规曹随 蕭規曹隨 xiao1 gui1 cao2 sui2
lit. Xiao's 蕭何|萧何 governance followed by Cao 曹參|曹参 (idiom); fig. to strictly adhere to the policies of the predecessor; to follow precedent

阴曹 陰曹 yin1 cao2
hell; the inferno

阴曹地府 陰曹地府 yin1 cao2 di4 fu3
netherworld; Kingdom of the Underworld; Hades