Tomatos and Persimmons

In Chinese, tomatoes are literally called Red Persimmons from the West (西红柿 = West + Red + Persimmon). This is so because persimmons are native from China, where they are simply called (柿子), where 子 only indicates that  the grammatical class of the word is noun (and not, say, verb).

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chuang horse gate chinese character

Pictographically cool character:

The meaning is to charge quickly.

It is composed of:

which means gate, and:

which means horse, clearly suggesting that a horseman is barging into someone’s gate.