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

bù a step; a pace; walk

Made up of [ zhǐ to stop; to prohibit; until; footprint radical 77]

Origin

A pictogram of a left and right footprint representing a footstep
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