麒麟

Pronounced: qí lín
Means: One of these:

Sometimes called a “Chinese unicorn” or a Kirin (from Japanese), it’s an auspicious, mythical creature that brings serenity/prosperity, but can become fierce when defending the righteous from evildoers. It has the horns of a deer, the head of a dragon, the torso of a fish, the legs and feet of an ox or horse, and the tail of a lion. Its presence is a good omen. We occasionally seem them outside temples and places like that, so I decided to find out what they were.

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