bǐ pen; brush

Made up of [ zhú bamboo radical 118, máo hair; fur; coin denomination radical 82]
A measure word to use for this noun: zhī
Alternative traditional form of character:

Note

A combination of bamboo and hair to represent the traditional hair brush with a bamboo shaft. The traditional form had 'hand' instead of 'hair'
Number of strokes: 10

Related characters


Also uses zhú component: dì (ordinal (1st,2nd)) jiàn (arrow) kuài (chopsticks) suàn (calculate) xiào (smile)

Sounds same

bǐ (spoon)

Different tone



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Pronunciation

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Also

bǐ brush

Many writing styles

The Chinese art of calligraphy has many different styles. There are ancient styles such as the Small seal script that dates back 2,000 years and then there is the grass script for faster writing. Calligraphy is considered one of the highest artistic accomplishments; the meaning of a character can be reinforced by the style of strokes used to write it. However, works of calligraphy can be hard to read and so styles that use clearer character outlines are used in books and newspapers. Recently a 1,000 year old piece of calligraphy fetched over $30 million at auction.
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