kǔ bitter; hardship; pain

Made up of [ cǎo grass; herb radical 140, ancient ]

Note

'Gu' provides the rough phonetic, the 'grass' radical suggests the meaning
Number of strokes: 8

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Also uses cǎo component: cài (vegetable) cǎo (grass) chá (tea) dǒng (to understand) huā (flower) jié (joint) lán (blue) láo (to toil) mǎn (to fill) māo (cat) měng (Mongol) mò (do not) píng (apple) pú (grape) qián (front) sū (revive) táo (grapes) yào (medicine) yì (skill) yīng (flower) zàng (treasury) zhēng (to steam)
Also uses component: gù (hard) gù (happening) gū (estimate) gū (paternal aunt) hú (lake) kè (to be able to)

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Pronunciation

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Proverbs

苦尽甘来 kǔ jìn gān lái After troubles comes happiness
苦口良药 kǔ kǒu liáng yaò It takes hard work and discomfort to achieve something worthwhile
小洞不补,大洞吃苦 xiǎo dòng bù bǔ, dà dòng chī kǔ Do not put off taking action to put things right

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