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猿は人間に毛が三筋足りぬ、is also said 毛が三本足りぬ. I think 三本足りぬ is more popular than 三筋足りぬ as a saying today.  Both '三筋' and '三本' mean three pieces (or threads) of hair. It means monkeys resemble men, but they have three pieces short of hair as compared with men, meaning monkeys are inferior to men. It is an interesting concept and simile that not the size of brain or ...

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