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Alternatively, browse terms in alphabetical order according to their Chinese Pinyin 汉语拼音

Chinese Pinyin: Xuan Cao (Bai He Hua)
Chinese: 萱草 (百合花)
Name Of Image: Lily

‘Xuan 萱’ comes from ‘xuan cao 萱草’,the Chinese name for ‘lily’. In traditional Chinese decorative arts, lily flowers symbolise motherhood and maternal bonds with children, and they figure prominently on articles created for mothers, expecting or being a birthday girl. …

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Chinese Pinyin: Xuan Shou
Chinese: 萱寿
Name Of Image: Happy Birthday, Mother!

How the daylily, whose Chinese name is ‘xuan 萱’, came to become a symbol for motherhood in Chinese culture is explained in the blog ‘Cultural Differences in the Symbolic Meaning of Lily’. The daylily can be combined with butterflies to …

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