gē song; to sing

Made up of [ elder brother , qiàn yawn; deficient radical 76]


Comprises the open mouth radical (or yawn) combined with 'ge' elder brother for phonetic
Number of strokes 14

Related characters

Using qiàn : yǐn (to drink) huān (merry)

Sounds same

gē (spear) gē (elder brother)

Different tone

gé (animal hide) gè ('of') gè (each)

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四面楚歌 sì miàn chǔ gē Ambushed from all sides. Under sustained attack


In ancient China the year was split into two periods: Spring and Autumn perhaps the Yin and Yang division of cold; wet with hot and dry. Later the two seasons were split to make the familiar four. For a brief time a fifth season was added between summer and autumn to fit in with the system of five-fold divisions (elements, colors, directions).
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