cài vegetable

Made up of [ cǎo grass; herb radical 140]

Note

The radical indicates the plant origin, the lower part of the character indicates plucking from a small plant, and so harvesting leaves

Related characters


Using cǎo : huā (flower) chá (tea) yīng (flower) māo (cat) cǎo (grass) láo (to toil) mǎn (to fill) qián (front) yì (skill) kǔ (bitter) dǒng (to understand)

Different tone

cǎi (color)

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Pronunciation

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Proverbs

萝卜白菜,各有所爱 luó bo bái cài, gè yǒu suǒ ài Everyone has their own preferences

Phrases

青菜 qīng cài green vegetables

Also

cài cabbage

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