máo hair; fur; coin denomination


Number of strokes 4

Radical

Index 82 used in: bǐ (pen)

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Different tone

māo (cat) mào (to emit) mào (hat)

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Pronunciation

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

People

毛泽东 Mao Zedong

Proverbs

凤毛麟角 fèng máo lín jiǎo Seeking the unobtainable
九牛一毛 jiǔ niú yī maó An insignificant amount. A trivial matter.
毛骨悚然 maó gǔ sǒng rán Petrified with fright
皮之不存毛将焉附 pí zhī bù cún maó jiāng yān fù Everything needs its proper environment for nurture
羊毛出在羊身上 yáng maó chū zài yáng shēn shàng Unrealistic expectations. You get what you pay for
羽毛未丰 yǔ maó wèi fēng Still too young and immature

Also

máo hair
Jade - China's precious gemstone

Jade - China's precious gemstone

Culture

Jade is highly valued in China, and much of Asia, above gold and diamonds. The gemstone that is harder than steel can be carved into exquisite shapes.

Eight legged essay

If you think yourself unlucky when sitting examinations consider the lot of the Chinese student in ancient times. China has a history of examinations going back two thousand years which gradually became more and more tough. Candidates were locked in over night and had to try to memorize exactly Chinese classics that are the length of the Bible. In Ming dynasty times the eight legged essay was the toughest challenge. The candidate's answer had to be in eight parts structured by strict rules. Students needed to study to the age of 30 before taking them and could then retry year after year.
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