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The mainstream consensus is that the Chinese word for lion was earliest attested as 「師子」 (Zhengzhang OC: /*sri ʔslɯʔ/) in literature roughly contemporary to the Book of Hàn: 《漢書・西域傳》 烏弋地暑熱莽平,其草木、畜產、五穀、果菜、食飲、宮室、市列、錢貨、兵器、金珠之屬皆與罽賓同,而有桃拔、師子、犀牛。俗重妄殺。其錢獨文為人頭。幕為騎馬。以金銀飾杖。絕遠,漢使希至。自玉門、陽關出南道,歷鄯善而南行,至烏弋山離,南道極矣。 Book of Han: Chronicles of the Western Regions The lands ...


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