gē elder brother

Made up of [ can; may; able to ]
Used as component in :

Note

The ke 'can' constituents give approximate phonetic
Number of strokes: 10

Related characters


Also uses component: á (what?) hé (river) hé (what) qí (strange)

Sounds same

gē (spear) gē (song)

Different tone

gé (animal hide) gè ('of' (general)) gè (each)

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

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