mā mother

Made up of [ female; woman radical 38, horse radical 187]
Alternative traditional form of character:

Note

The horse provides the phonetic 'ma' combined with 'female' to give 'mother'
Number of strokes: 6

Related characters


Also uses component: ǎi (low) ān (peace) fù (woman) gū (paternal aunt) hǎo (good) hūn (to marry) jiě (elder sister) lóu (multi-story building) mèi (younger sister) nǎi (milk) rú (as) shǐ (to begin) tā (she) xìng (surname) yào (want)
Also uses component: mǎ (?) zhù (to halt)

Different tone

mǎ (horse) mǎ (?)

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