huà to draw; picture; painting

Made up of [ tián field radical 102, gǔn line radical 2, kǎn open box radical 17]
Alternative traditional form of character:

Note

Thinking of a field in a sort of frame gives the idea of a landscape painting
Number of strokes 8

Related characters


Using tián : nán (male) léi (thunder) māo (cat) lǐ (inside) mǔ (area) fú (good fortune) fù (rich) jiǎ (first in list) shēn (to extend) lèi (tired) sī (to think) dài (to respect)
Using gǔn : fū (husband) zhōng (centre) shū (book) wèi (not yet) xíng (permitted) zhí (straight) jiù (old) pù (store)
Using kǎn : chū (go out)

Sounds same

huà (speech) huà (to make into)

Different tone

huā (flower) huá (splendid)

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Pronunciation

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Proverbs

画饼充饥 huà bǐng chōng jī To make a foolish and ineffective attempt
画蛇添足 huà shě tiān zú Ruin by over doing something. Too meticulous

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