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Does anyone know what "jukai" means? Does it exist in the Japanese language? Some said it means 'birth or emergence'. Some said it is not "jukai" but maybe "jetai" 'fertilization, conception (breeding)'.

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Please use a dictionary for the questions like this. –  Tsuyoshi Ito Nov 1 '11 at 20:52
    
Thanks! Could you direct me to an online dictionary please. –  Mediterran81 Nov 1 '11 at 21:55
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alc.co.jp (extensive, but doesn't accept romaji and has no pronunciation guides) tangorin.com and jisho.org (smaller, but friendlier to foreigners) –  Amadan Nov 1 '11 at 22:07
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I only find 3 occurrences of じゅかい in my 大辞泉 (none of them dealing with birth):

  • 受戒 → accepting/receiving Buddhist precepts
  • 授戒 → giving/conferring Buddhist precepts to followers
  • 樹海 → a "sea of trees"; "broad expanse of dense woodland"

Jetai is not a Japanese word.

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Actually, you're right! the third meaning is the one I was looking for! Expense of dense wood land! Thanks a lot man! –  Mediterran81 Nov 1 '11 at 21:56
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Oops, typo... "Expanse". –  istrasci Nov 1 '11 at 22:20
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