Mizuchi, Midzuchi (蛟) is a type of Japanese dragon or legendary serpent-like creature, either found in aquatic habitat or otherwise connected to water. Some commentators perceived it to have been a water deity. It is described in the ancient chronicle Nihon Shoki, and one Manyoshu poem. Mizuchi is also the Japanese transliteration for several types of Chinese dragons (Shinmura 1976, Kojien dictionary, 2nd. ed.), and may refer to the jiaolong (蛟; Japanese: kōryū) or "4-legged dragon", the qiulong (虬 or虯; Japanese: kyūryū) or "hornless dragon", and the chilong (螭; Japanese: chiryū) or "yellow dragon".