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I found the sentence 他是华胄,所以气质不凡. It is been translated as "He is the offspring of a noble family, thus his character is not a common one". I also found for 华胄 the translation "offspring of the huaxia" and simply "chinese".

Verbatim, 华胄 would be "chinese helmet", "flowery helmet", "illustrous helmet".

Obviously the word is a metaphor, what was is its original meaning and what does it imply culturally as a metaphor ?

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胄 (由 + 月) means descendants, whereas 冑 (a different character, 由 + 冃) means helmet. Since they look similar, they got merged.

华胄 means either of Han lineage or of noble descent.

There is no word 华冑, which would mean Chinese helmet.

  • Do you know what 冃 is depicting ? – Abdul Al Hazred Oct 17 '15 at 19:06
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    冃 mào means hat, same as 帽. – user4452 Oct 17 '15 at 19:08

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