mǎ horse

Alternative traditional form of character:


Simplified picture of a rearing horse with the legs now represented by a single line
Number of strokes 3


Index 187 used in: mā (mother) ; mǎ (?) ; zhù (to halt)

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mǎ (?)

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


马鞍山 Ma'anshan, Anhui


司马迁 Sima Qian


单枪匹马 dān qiāng pǐ mǎ Taking on the offensive on your own
害群之马 hài qún zhī mǎ The bad person of the family
好马不吃回头草 hǎo mǎ bù chī huí tóu cǎo Pride may forbid a person going back to his home town after failure. Do not dwell on past actions, progress forward
驴唇不对马嘴 lǖ chún bù duì mǎ zuǐ Something that is out of place and inappropriate
马到成功 mǎ daò chéng gōng Gain immediate victory
马马虎虎 mǎ mǎ hǔ hǔ So so; average; careless


mǎ horse

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