ěr ear

Note

Picture of an ear, now idealized and straightened
Number of strokes 6

Radical

Index 128 used in: qǔ (to take) ; wén (to hear) ; cōng (quick at hearing)

< Previous radical 126 ér Next radical 130 ròu >

Sounds same

ěr (thus)

Different tone

ér (child) ér (legs) ér (as well as) èr (two)

< Previous ér Next ěr >

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

Proverbs

耳目一新 ěr mù yī xīn A change of place, everything fresh and new
掩耳盗铃 yǎn ěr daò líng Failing to think things through. Taking a rash action without applying logic

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