jiǔ nine; 9

Made up of [ hidden; concealed; small radical 5]

Note

May be related to idea of approaching ten as it does contain a cross element
Number of strokes 2

Related characters


Using : kǒng (great) chī (to eat) xí (to practice) yǐ (to use) 亿 yì (100,000,000) lǐ (ceremony) mài (sell) yì (skill) yì (to recollect) yě (also) mǎi (buy) lìng (to order) hé (why)

Sounds same

jiǔ (wine) jiǔ (long time)

Different tone

jiù (fault) jiù (at once) jiù (old)

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Pronunciation

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stroke order for 九
Stroke order for character 九, kindly provided under Wikimedia creative commons license

Cities

九江 Jiujiang, Jiangxi

Proverbs

九牛二虎之力 jiǔ niú èr hǔ zhī lì Tremendously strong
九牛一毛 jiǔ niú yī maó An insignificant amount. A trivial matter
一龙生九种,种种不同 yī lóng shēng jiǔ zhǒng, zhǒng zhǒng bù tóng Brothers and sisters may not resemble each other

Catties

Tea was the most important export that was weighed in the traditional Chinese unit of measurement called a 'catty'. It is colloqually known as the Chinese pound and is about 1.1pounds. The modern weight is aligned to the metric system as exactly 500grams. The container for tea, a 'caddy', is believed to have been named after the measure. In China it is known as the jin the word catty probably came from the Malay word for 'jin'.
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Chinese proverb

Proverb

临渴掘井
Lín kě jué jǐng [lin ke jue jing]
approach thirsty dig well
To start digging a well only when feeling thirsty
Begin to take measures when it is far too late
Failing to plan is planning to fail
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