Chinese calendar

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The animals representing the years in which people are born:
rat
buffalo
tiger
rabbit (or hare)
dragon
snake
horse
goat (or sheep)
monkey
rooster
dog
pig

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noun. See list.
Animals of the Chinese Calendar
rat
buffalo
tiger
rabbit/hare
dragon
snake
horse
goat/sheep
monkey
rooster
dog
pig

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the former calendar of China, in which the year consisted of 12 lunar months with an intercalary month added seven times every 19 years to reconcile the lunar year of 354 days with the solar year of 365 days, time being reckoned in 60-year cycles with the first cycle dating from 2637 B.C.

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Chinese calendar,
the ancient lunar calendar formerly used in China, having cycles of 60 years, 12 months in a year, and 29 or 30 days in a month, with an extra month added after each half cycle. The years were counted from 2637 B.C. The Chinese adopted the Gregorian calendar in 1912, the first year of the Chinese Republic, and years are now counted from then.

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