měi beautiful

Made up of [ yáng sheep; goat radical 123, big; great; large; very radical 37]

Note

Represents a combination of 'large' and 'sheep' possibly aluding to a peaceful disposition
Number of strokes 9

Related characters


Using yáng : qún (group) xiān (fresh)
Using : tiān (sky) tài (too) qìng (celebrate) fū (husband) tóu (head) mò (do not) shí (real) shī (to lose) qí (strange) yāng (center)

Different tone

méi (have not) mèi (younger sister)

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Pronunciation

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

Proverbs

十全十美 shí quán shí měi Perfection; faultless

Phrases

美国 měi guó America

Opium

The import of opium from India had a devastating effect on China. Although opium had been grown and used in China for centuries the import of huge quantities of the British controlled trade into Guangdong proved far more addiciive. It was the government officials who were most affected and even Dowager Empress Cixi used opium. Attempts to stop the trade led to two wars with Britain which China lost.
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