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Please translate this Chinese character symbol found on Chinese food bowl.

  • 食 .............. – fefe Mar 19 at 15:09
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食 - Direct translation is “food.” (Aka 食物) In context (on a food bowl) can mean “eat.” (食用)

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  • Suspected it had something to do with food - didnt think it would be so obvious. Have had these bowls for years & was always curious. Many Thanks . – user23878 Mar 20 at 2:39
  • A contextless single character 食 means to eat, not food. 食物, 食品 means the things 物, 品 that are eaten 食. – dROOOze Mar 20 at 5:36
  • Well, for the sack of discussion, since as a noun 食 means "food" and as a verb, "to eat", and since it is written on, most likely, a rice or serving bowl, then probably the bowl is meant for containing "food", and not some other unmentionables, a kind of " Victual X marks the Spot" :) – Wayne Cheah Mar 20 at 5:54
  • Interesting. We originally hoped that it meant "enjoy" or "delicious". We had a laugh when we learned that it meant "Food" or "to eat". Our thinking was "Food" as opposed to ?? (Possibly something unmentionable). Many thanks to all for identification & clarification. – user23878 Mar 22 at 23:48

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