jīn axe; measure of weight; kati

Note

Picture of an axe, hence division and so a weight measure
Number of strokes 4

Radical

Index 69 used in: xīn (new) ; tīng (to listen)

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Sounds same

jīn (ferry crossing) jīn (metal) jīn (modern) jīn (scarf) jīn (metal)

Different tone

jìn (near) jìn jìn (to advance)

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Pronunciation

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stroke order for 斤
Stroke order for character 斤, kindly provided under Wikimedia creative commons license

Proverbs

半斤八两 bàn jīn bā liǎng Makes no difference; nothing to choose between alternatives

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