bā eight; 8


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


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)

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bǎ (to hold) bà (father)

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


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
半斤八两 bàn jīn bā liǎng Makes no difference; nothing to choose between alternatives
乱七八糟 luàn qī bā zāo To be in a terrible mess. Dirty and filthy


八点十分 bā diǎn shí fēn 10 past 8


腊八节 Làbā jié Laba Festival
八宝 bā bǎo eight treasures
The Qin Dynasty

The Qin Dynasty


The brief spell of rule by the Qin (only 15 years) defined much of what we now about China. The brutal and centralized rule of Qin Shihuangdi set common standards for all sorts of things across his new vast empire including measurements and the Chinese script.
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