The Alternative Chinese Dictionary: 菜鳥

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菜鳥 〈cài niǎo〉 {{zh-forms}} etymology
  • Literally, "food bird", referring to piegons who, in stages of breeding, are not good enough to become carrier pigeons, and so become food instead.
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  1. (slang) newbie; novice; beginner
Synonyms: 新手

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