diǎn spot; moment; dot

Made up of [ huǒ fire (as radical) radical 86, zhān to observe; to divine ]
Alternative traditional form of character:

Note

The present fire radical has replaced 'black' in the old form, suggests a black spot in divination but zhan is also a rough phonetic
Number of strokes 9

Related characters


Using huǒ : zhǔ (to cook) hēi (black)
Using zhān : zhàn (station) zhān (to glue) zhàn (to fight) diàn (inn) zuān (to drill) tiē (to stick)

Different tone

diàn (inn)

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Pronunciation

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

Proverbs

点石成金 diǎn shí chéng jīn To work something of no worth into something of value
雷声大,雨点小 léi shēng dà, yǔ diǎn xiǎo Overly portentous. Reality did not match expectation
煽风点火 shān fēng diǎn huǒ Create a lot of trouble

Phrases

八点十分 bā diǎn shí fēn 10 past 8

Chinese chess

The Chinese game of chess is rather different to the version used in the West. The Chinese version is generally considered older and because of the lack of a 'queen' (a relatively recent addition) and the strange rules for the 'cannon' make it just as challenging a game.
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guǐ ghost; sly; crafty

Origin

Picture of a man with an ugly face and a tail - a devil

Radical

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