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Rooster (zodiac)

The Rooster (simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: /) is one of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac (and similar zodiacal systems) related to the Chinese calendar. The Year of the Rooster is represented by the Earthly Branch character . The name is also translated into English as Cock or Chicken. Rooster is the only bird included in the Chinese zodiac. However, the Chinese term is more generic, as it applies to barnyard fowl of either sex.

In the Tibetan zodiac and the Nepalese Gurung zodiac, the more generic "bird" is in place instead of the Rooster, but the image of the Rooster is often used to represent it.

People born within these date ranges can be said to have been born in the "Year of the Rooster", while also bearing the following elemental signs:


In the Chinese sexagenary cycle, 2017 (January 28, 2017–February 15, 2018, and every 60-year multiple before and after), is the heavenly stem/earthly branch year indicated by the characters .