Gender Masculine
Scripts 共工(Chinese)
Pronounced Pron. /kʊŋ.kʊŋ/(Chinese)  [key·simplify]

Meaning & History

Meaning unknown, though usually spelled using the Chinese characters (gòng) meaning "together" and (gōng) meaning "work". This is the name of a Chinese water god, depicted as a serpent with a human head. He damaged the heavenly pillar Mount Buzhou, making the sky tilt to the northwest and the earth tilt to the southeast. A dwarf planet in the outer solar system was named for him in 2019.


Entry added December 7, 2022