dāo knife


Used as component in : fēn ; chū ; suǒ ; jiǎn ; zhào
A measure word to use for this noun:
Similar looking characters : lì (strength)
Number of strokes: 2

Different tone

dǎo (fall) dǎo (island) dào (arrive) dào (road)
This character is also represented as a radical in the form: dāo

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Pronunciation

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

Proverbs

刀山火海 dāo shān huǒ hǎi An extremely difficult and dangerous situation
笑里藏刀 xiaò lǐ cáng dāo Malice concealed by apparent friendliness

Also

钢刀 gāng dāo sword

Green or black?

Green tea is the variety mainly drunk in China, it has a more subtle favor. Milk is not used and it is considered altogether a healthier drink. On the other hand black tea is drunk in elsewhere, it has a stronger, more bitter flavor. It used to be grown in China but production moved to British India to avoid Chinese taxes. Green is the fresher tea; it turns black when 'oxidized' by exposure to warm air. The reason black tea is used outside China is that black tea keeps its flavor far longer than green. This was vital when tea was transported by long sea voyage and would take months to arrive, even on the fastest tea clippers.
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