bā eight; 8

Note

As 8 can be subdivided into 4 then 2 then 1 it is likely that 8 was given a representaion of division
Number of strokes 2

Radical

Index 12 used in: fēn (divide) ; gōng (public) ; qí (his) ; sì (four) ; liù (six) ; gòng (common) ; xīng (prosper) ; xué (cave) ; dài (to respect)

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Sounds same

bā (to long for) bā (supposition or suggestion)

Different tone

bǎ (to hold) bà (father)

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Pronunciation

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stroke order for 八
Stroke order for character 八, kindly provided under Wikimedia creative commons license

Proverbs

八仙过海,各显神通 bā xiān guò hǎi, gè xiǎn shén tōng Everyone has their own special skills to contribute
八字没一撇 bā zì méi yì piě You can't do everything on your own
半斤八两 bàn jīn bā liǎng Nothing to choose between two alternatives
乱七八糟 luàn qī bā zāo To be in a terrible mess. Dirty and filthy

Phrases

八点十分 bā diǎn shí fēn 10 past 8

Also

腊八节 Làbā jié Laba Festival
八宝 bā bǎo eight treasures
The standing of women in China

The standing of women in China

Culture

Attitudes to women have varied greatly in China over the centuries. The traditional subservient position of women in society has only really changed in the last sixty years. Our section describes the role of women down the centuries including the role of concubines and how some Imperial women bucked the trend.
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