Nine in One
The number 9, the largest single digit, is associated with the dragon as well as the Emperor in Chinese minds. It is a lucky number in China because it is pronounced the same as another word which means a long time or long life. The dragon is supposed to have 117 scales, 81 yang or male scales and 27 yin or female scales. All these numbers are multiples of nine.
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Nine (九 jiǔ) in One (一yī)
The number (数 shù 字 zì) 9 (九 jiǔ), the largest (最 zuì 大dà) single digit, is associated with the dragon 龙as well as the Emperor 皇帝 in Chinese 中国 minds. It 它 is a lucky number 数 字 in China 中国 because it 它 is pronounced the same as another word (久jiǔ) which means a long (长chanǵ) time (shí时 jian̄间) or long (长 chanǵ) life (命ming̀). The dragon 龙 is supposed to have 117 （一 yī百baǐ 十 shí七 qī）scales (鳞liń 片piaǹ), 81 (八bā十shí一yī) yang (阳yanǵ) or male (男nań) scales (鳞 片) and 27 (二 er̀十shí七qī) yin (阴yin̄) or female (女 nü) scales (鳞 片). All these numbers (数shù 字 zì) are multiples of nine (九jiǔ).
1. Largest = 最 zuì大 dà
最 zuì means most or utmost: indicating the superlative degree.
大 dà means big, large, great
2. Long time = 久jiǔ
3．Long = 长chanǵ.
Also means length.
4. Life = 命ming̀.
Also means fate, destiny, on order or command.
= 久 = long time
长chanǵ 命 ming̀ = long life
5. One-Hundred Seventeen = 117 = 一 百 十 七
100 = One-hundred
17 = Seventeen
6．Hundred = 百baǐ .
Also means numerous, or all kinds of.
7. Ten = 十shí
8．Seven = 七 qī
Since the number 17 (seventeen) consists of ten plus seven, the Chinese translates it as 十 七.
Since the number 117 (one hundred and seventeen) consists of one一 hundred 百and ten 十 and seven 七, the Chinese translates it as 一 百 十 七.
9. Scales = 鳞 liń 片 piaǹ
鳞liń = scale of a fish. Note the radical 鱼 yú which means fish on the left side of 鳞.
片piaǹ = flat, thin piece.
10. Eighty-one = 81= 八bā 十shí 一 yī
= eight tens and one
11. Yang = 阳 yanǵ .
In Chinese philosophy, 阳 means the positive or masculine half of nature. Also means sun, sun-light, open or positive.
12. Male = 男 nań .
Note the word 男 consists of two halves, upper and lower. The upper half is 田tiań which means field or farmland.
The lower half is 力 lì which means strength, power or ability.
Thus a man represents power and strength in the rice fields of China.
13. Twenty-seven = 27 = 二 er̀ 十shí七qī
= two tens and seven
14. Yin = 阴yin̄ .
In Chinese philosophy, 阴 is the negative or feminine half of nature. Also means shady, lunar, hidden, private parts.
15. Female = 女nǚ.
Also means woman or girl.