māo cat

Made up of [ quǎn dog radical 94, cǎo grass; herb radical 140, tián field radical 102]
A measure word to use for this noun: zhī
Alternative traditional form of character:

Note

The original cat radical has been changed to a general animal (as dog), the cat catches mice that eat grain in the field which explains the grass and field symbols
Number of strokes: 11

Related characters


Also uses quǎn component: gǒu (dog) shī (lion) zhū (hog)
Also uses cǎo component: cài (vegetable) cǎo (grass) chá (tea) dǒng (to understand) huā (flower) jié (joint) kǔ (bitter) lán (blue) láo (to toil) mǎn (to fill) 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 tián component: dài (to respect) diàn (electric) fù (rich) fú (good fortune) huà (to draw) huáng (yellow) jiǎ (first in list) jiāng (border) lèi (tired) léi (thunder) lǐ (inside) mǔ (area) nán (male) shēn (to extend) sī (to think)

Different tone

máo (hair) mào (to emit) mào (hat)

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Pronunciation

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māo cat

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