lì sharp; favorable; advantage

Made up of [ dāo knife (radical) radical 18, grain radical 115]

Note

Combining 'knife' and 'grain' implies harvest and a good harvest is a great benefit to all. The sickle also needs to be sharp to harvest well.

Related characters


Using dāo : qián (front) gāng (hard) kān (to print) bié (to leave) dào (arrive)
Using : qiú (autumn) hé (together) xiāng (fragrant) jì (season) ǎi (low) 稿 gǎo (manuscript) zū (to hire) shuì (taxes)

Sounds same

lì (strength) lì (stand) lì (strict) lì (beautiful) lì (to experience)

Different tone

lí (Fire) lǐ (inside) lǐ (ceremony) lǐ (texture) lǐ (plum)

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Pronunciation

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People

利玛窦 Matteo Ricci

Proverbs

利欲熏心 lì yù xūn xīn To be obsessed with the desire of profit at the expense of happiness
心旷神怡,事事顺利 xīn kuàng shén yí, shì shì shùn lì Feeling happy and relaxed

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Peony

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Culture

The peony is a frequent art motif in China. It is considered one of the best flowers of Spring and was much loved by Empress Wu Zetian.
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