běn root; book

Made up of [ wood; wooden radical 75]

Note

A picture of a tree with a line representing the earth and so emphasizing the roots
Number of strokes 5

Related characters


Using : chá (tea) lái (arrive) qí (board game) cǎi (color) shù (tree) wèi (not yet) xiāng (each other) song (Song) zhuō (table) yǐ (chair) gān (pole) jú (tangerine) xián (to stay idle) qīn (parent) lǐ (plum) zhī (branch) zhí (to plant) bǎn (board) lóu (multi-story building) xiào (school) jī (machine)

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Pronunciation

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

Cities

本溪 Benxi, Liaoning

Proverbs

无源之水,无本之木 wú yuán zhī shuǐ, wú běn zhī mù Something without a proper foundation. Not properly planned

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