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counter, noun

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English Meaning(s) for 匹

  1. counter for small animals
  2. counter for rolls of cloth (two han in size)
  3. counter for horses
  1. roll of cloth

Meanings for each kanji in 匹

equal; head; counter for small animals; roll of cloth Kanji Details »

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Sample Sentences for 匹

Everybody was so up in arms but it seems they got all panicky about nothing.
Dr. Tanaka carried out tests for two years on three hundred rats.
I have three dogs.
We caught some large fish there.
Here are two dogs; one is white and the other is black.

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The bird counter (羽) is the "correct" counter according to dictionaries and textbooks, but the counter for small animals (匹) is more commonly used in everyday language for rabbits.

There is a detailed (Japanese) article on it that you can read here (

Apparently the counter for large animals (頭) is also commonly used for rabbits in pet shops (this applies for dogs and cats as well). 

#2 Posted by flint about 3 months ago

I thought hares/bunnies were counted using the bird-counter wa.  

#1 Posted by Loution about 3 months ago

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