míng to call (birds)

Made up of [ kǒu mouth radical 30, niǎo bird radical 196]
Alternative traditional form of character:

Note

Mouth and bird give idea of the call of a bird
Number of strokes: 8

Related characters


Also uses kǒu component: bā (supposition or suggestion) chàng (to sing) chāo (to exceed) chī (to eat) chuán (boat) fēi (coffee) fù (rich) fú (good fortune) gào (to tell) gè (each) gōng (palace) gǒu (dog) gǔ (ancient) hāi (sound of sighing) hào (name) hé (to close) hé (together) hē (drink) hēng (prosperous) hòu (behind) huí (to circle) huò (maybe) jí (lucky) jiào (called) jīng (capital) jiù (fault) jù (sentence) jú (office) jūn (monarch) kā (coffee) kě (can) lìng (other) mǎ (?) mìng (life) míng (name) ne (and you?) pí (hops) pǐn (article) rú (as) shàng (still) shì (matter) shǐ (history) suī (although) tái (typhoon) táng (Tang) tīng (to listen) tóng (same) wèn (ask) xǐ (to be fond of) xiōng (elder brother) yǎo (to bite) yòu (right) yǔ (language) yuán (person) yuē (to speak) zhān (to observe) zhī (to know) zhī (one) zhōu (circuit) zú (foot)
Also uses niǎo component: dǎo (island) jī (fowl) wū (crow) yā (duck)

Sounds same

míng (bright) míng (name)

Different tone

mìng (life)

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Pronunciation

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Proverbs

孤掌难鸣 gū zhǎng nán míng It is difficult to achieve anything on your own
鸣锣开道 míng luó kāi dao To publicize an event
一鸣惊人 yī míng jīng rén To rise to stardom overnight. Discovering an unknown talent. The story is of an Emperor who kept a bird that did not fly or sing and people wondered why he kept it. One day the Emperor rose to meritorious action surprising everyone
鸡鸣狗盗 jī míng gǒu dào A person with a range of useful tricks. The story is of someone back in the Warring States period who helped a prince out of difficulty by imitating a dog to distract prison guards and to crow like a cockerel to trick them into thinking it was already morning

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