Is the Cantonese diminutive (粒) as in 鸡粒炒饭 the same as the Mandarin (子)? Is that the right character to use?

UPDATE: Sorry for the mistake, I really did mean 粒, not 里.

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    Doesn't actually 里 come from 裡肌 or 里肌 ([tender]loin, or other section of animal meat)? Because 鸡里脊 is 'chicken fillet', and if you search for images, that's what it looks like.
    – imrek
    Jun 1, 2016 at 11:17
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    I am a Cantonese native speaker and I haven't been acknowledged that 里 is diminutive! It should be 雞粒炒飯
    – user13501
    Jun 2, 2016 at 5:43
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    Basically 粒 = 丁
    – Mou某
    Jun 3, 2016 at 0:20
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    According to Babelcarp the 丁 in 苦丁茶 means manly like 男丁、壮丁. I'm not sure where they got that from, or if it's correct or not. jk.hecha.cn/info/7/show_23391.html gives this explanation: 苦丁茶是什么?苦丁茶(Ilex kudingcha C. J. Tseng)又叫万承茶、一叶青等,顾名思义,“苦”就是指其味甘苦,“丁”就是“一丁点”的意思,苦丁茶的意思就是“有一点苦的茶”。Which makes sense too, especially since the tea is Sichuanese and “丁”就是“一丁点”的意思 makes perfect sense in Sichuanese. In which case 丁点的丁 and 肉丁 could very well be the same! This is all speculation though.
    – Mou某
    Jun 3, 2016 at 10:41
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    Strictly speaking, 雞丁 is bigger than 雞粒 in size ..... but people tends not to distinguish them anymore.
    – Henry HO
    Jun 11, 2016 at 6:56

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“鸡粒” is common Chinese, means "diced chicken", “粒” means diced small cubes of meat.

“鸡子” is Cantonese, means the kidney, a viscera of chicken.

Actually different things. But “鸡粒”, “鸡籽”, and “鸡子” may all mean the egg of chicken in loosely.

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    雞子 means chicken testicles :P
    – Henry HO
    Jun 11, 2016 at 7:00
  • We have 「雞粒」in Cantonese for quite a long time.
    – KH.Lee
    Jun 11, 2016 at 8:09
  • I see, I'd say it's common Chinese, not Cantonese unique.
    – a_a
    Jun 11, 2016 at 12:51
  • @HenryHO Well~ That's it... I think I know the difference...
    – a_a
    Jun 11, 2016 at 12:55

the meanings of those two are the same in the only single word,but we'd like to use the specific one in some established by usage phrases.

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