jǐ how many; small table; some

Note

Considered to be originally a picture of a table, 'how many' comes from sound loan
Number of strokes: 2

Radical

Index 16 used in: used in: chuán (boat) ; fèng (phoenix) ; jī (machine)

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Sounds same

jǐ (self)

Different tone

jī (fowl) jī (machine) jí (lucky) jí (and) jì (border) jì (already) jì (season) jì (snout) jì (order) jì (to record) jì (skill)

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Pronunciation

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stroke order for 几
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