jiǎn scissors; shears; clippers

Made up of [ qián front; forward; ahead , dāo knife ]


The 'qian' is a rough phonetic while 'knife' underneath suggests cutting
Number of strokes: 11

Related characters

Also uses qián component: jiàn (arrow)
Also uses dāo component: chū (at first) fēn (divide) suǒ (actually) zhào (according to)

Different tone

jiān (narrow) jiān (difficult) jiān (between) jiàn (healthy) jiàn (see) jiàn jiàn (to establish) jiàn (gap) jiàn (arrow)

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