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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A Chinese book of ancient origin consisting of 64 interrelated hexagrams along with commentaries attributed to Confucius. The hexagrams, originally used for divination, embody Taoist philosophy by describing all nature and human endeavor in terms of the interaction of yin and yang. Also called Book of Changes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A Chinese classic text describing an ancient system of cosmology and philosophy which is at the heart of traditional Chinese cultural beliefs.

Etymologies

Chinese (Mandarin) Yì Jīng, Book of Changes : , change + jīng, classic, book.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Chinese 易經 (simplified: 易经), Yì Jīng (Wiktionary)

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