Tori vs Niwatori vs Toriniku: Meanings in Japanese
Tori is the Japanese word for “bird”, and “鳥” and “鶏” are the commonly used Kanji (Chinese characters) for “Tori”.
Tori (鳥) vs Tori (鶏) vs Niwatori vs Toriniku
These Kanji characters, “鳥” and “鶏” both can be read as “Tori”, but they are actually somewhat different in meaning.
As you know, “鳥 (Tori)” is the word for any bird including Niwatori.
On the other hand, this “鶏 (Tori)” has the same pronunciation as “鳥” but only refers to Niwatori, as the Kanji “鶏” can be read as “Tori” or “Niwatori”.
“Niwatori (鶏)” is the Japanese word for “chicken”. Niwatori is a chicken, in other words, the Japanese collective term for rooster, hen, and chick.
“Toriniku (鶏肉)” is the meat of a chicken as in its word “Niku (肉)” means meat in Japanese. Incidentally, “鳥肉 (Toriniku)” can refer to any bird’s meat including chicken.