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Piya 埤雅 "Increased [Er]ya"

The Piya 埤雅 "Increased [Er]ya" is a relatively unknown glossary dictionary written by the Song period 宋 (960-1279) scholar Lu Dian 陸佃. The 20 juan "scrolls" long book was written as a supplement to the ancient classical glossary book Erya 爾雅 to which Lu Dian has also written a commentary, the Erya xinyi 爾雅新義, in 20 juan. The content of the Piya mainly deals with animals and plants and ends with astronomical subjects. The concentration on this subject comes from Lu Dian's particular interest in the Shijing 詩經 "Book of Songs" the poems of which contain a huge amount of zoological and botanical terms. The preface dates from 1125.

Source: Zhou Zumo 周祖謨 (1988). "Piya 埤雅", in: Zhongguo da baike quanshu 中國大百科全書, Yuyan wenzi 語言•文字, p. 307. Beijing/Shanghai: Zhongguo da baike quanshu chubanshe.

1.-2. 釋魚 Shi yu Fishes
3.-5. 釋獸 Shi shou Mammals
6.-9. 釋鳥 Shi niao Birds
10.-11. 釋蟲 Shi chong Creeping animals
12. 釋馬 Shi ma Horses
13.-14. 釋木 Shi mu Trees
15.-18. 釋草 Shi cao Herbs
19.-20. 釋天 Shi tian Heaven
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