A mythical animal that eats its mother when it is born; Manchurian tiger. Pinyin: jing4. Cantonese: ging3.
(Very few animals eat their mothers; occasionally some insects and frogs, no higher order. But legend loves hyperbole, especially when it biases male. Consider that few animals even know who their father is—at least until DNA testing—so eating your father was almost impossible, because you’d have to find him first.)