miè to extinguish; to exterminate or wipe out; to drown; to put out

Made up of [ huǒ fire radical 86, one radical 1]
Alternative traditional form of character:

Note

The modern form is easy to remember it is 'fire' under a 'lid' and hence extinguished. The old form put out the fire with water
Number of strokes: 5

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Also uses huǒ component: dēng (lamp) kǎo (to roast) pào (cannon) qiú (autumn) zāi (disaster) zhà (to explode)
Also uses component: bǎi (hundred) bǐng (third in order) bù (no; not) chǒu (shameful) dàn (dawn) dé (virtue) huà (to draw) huò (maybe) jiāng (border) kāi (begin) lì (beautiful) liǎng (pair) měng (Mongol) qiě (and) shì (life) yǔ (to give) zài (again) zhèng (correct)

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Pronunciation

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Proverbs

蜡烛照亮别人,却毁灭了自己 là zhú zhào liàng bié rén, què huǐ miè le zì jǐ Helping others at the cost of not looking after yourself

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