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

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