kě can; may; able to

Note

Possibly a much simplified version of a man riding a horse and hence an 'ability' todo something
Number of strokes 5

Different tone

kè (to be able to) kè (customer)

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Pronunciation

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

Proverbs

臭不可当 chòu bù kě dāng To give off an unbearable stink
凡人不可貌相, 海水不可斗量 fán rén bù kě mào xiàng, hǎi shuǐ bù kě dòu liàng Judging by appearance is dangerous
逢奸宁可玉碎,气正不求瓦全 féng jiān nìng kě yù suì, qì zhèng bù qiú wǎ quán It is better to die with honor than surrender
家丑不可外扬 jiā chǒu bù kě wài yáng Keep family problems within the family
门可罗雀 mén kě luó què Having few visitors
人不可貌相,海水不可斗量 rén bù kě mào xiàng, hǎi shuǐ bù kě dǒu liáng First appearances can be deceptive

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