gòng common; general

Made up of [ eight; 8 radical 12]

Note

Combines the characters for 'divide' and 'selfish' giving the concept of private things being divided up for public benefit
Number of strokes 6

Related characters


Using : fēn (divide) gōng (public) qí (his) sì (four) liù (six) xīng (prosper) xué (cave) dài (to respect)

Different tone

gōng (work) gōng (palace) gōng (public) gōng (accomplishment) gōng (bow) gōng (to provide) gǒng (two hands)

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Pronunciation

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Proverbs

有目共睹 yǒu mù gòng dǔ Obvious to everybody

The Braggart

When Marco Polo came back from China in 1292 he dictated his recollections of 17 years in China while in prison. The descriptions of all the rich, lavish and huge things he said he saw in China led to him being given him the nickname of 'il Milione' or 'the Braggart'.
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