chū at first; first

Made up of [ clothes radical 145, dāo knife ]


Consists of knife and cloth, and as this the first stage of making clothes it evokes 'first steps'
Number of strokes: 7

Related characters

Also uses component: ǎo (jacket)
Also uses dāo component: fēn (divide) jiǎn (scissors) suǒ (actually) zhào (according to)

Sounds same

chū (go out)

Different tone

chù (place)

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