liàng collective word for vehicles

Made up of [ chē vehicle radical 159, liǎng pair; two ]
Alternative traditional form of character:

Note

The 'vehicle' radical gives association, 'liang' (pair) gives phonetic
Number of strokes 11

Related characters


Using chē : zài (to carry) jiào (comparatively)
Using liǎng : mǎn (to fill) bǐng (both)

Different tone

liáng (good) liǎng (pair)

< Previous liǎng Next liáo >

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