fù father

Note

Picture of a hand holding a stone, or may be a stick admonishing a child
Number of strokes 4

Radical

Index 88 used in: bà (father)

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Sounds same

fù (woman) fù (rich) fù ('left ear') fù (place)

Different tone

fū (husband) fú (blessing) fú (good fortune) fú (not)

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

Proverbs

虎父无犬子 hǔ fù wú quǎn zǐ A son is similar to his father
子不教父之过 zǐ bù jiào fù zhī guò Parents are responsible for their children's education

Chinese elements

While the Greeks had four elements (air, water, fire and earth) the Chinese had five (wood, metal, fire, earth and water) these should not be considered the same as chemical constituents, they are like phases of matter. So 'life' essence is wood, 'liquid' essence is water, 'gas' essence is fire. The Chinese built up a very complex system of interrelation between these elements trying to explain all phenomena as a blend of five basic properties. It came to dominate Chinese science and governed affairs at court. For example the correct time of year for executions was autumn because autumn is associated with death.
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