dǎn the gall; the nerve; courage

Made up of [ yuè moon; month radical 74, dàn dawn; morning; day-break ]
Alternative traditional form of character:


The moon radical is really in this case 'meat', 'dan' is phonetic
Number of strokes 9

Related characters

Using yuè : míng (bright) yǒu (have) néng (to be able to) qián (front) suí (Sui) gān (liver) qīng (green) péng (friend) péng (friend) jiāo (to glue)
Using dàn : dàn (but) dān (to undertake)

Different tone

dān (to undertake) dàn (birth) dàn (dawn) dàn (but)

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闻风丧胆 wén fēng sàng dǎn Panic stricken; terrified by news


dǎn gall bladder

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