nǎi to be; thus; so

Made up of [丿 piě 'slash' radical 4]

Note

Represents a pregnant woman with swollen breasts and abdomen, hence the abstract meaning 'so' to indicate generation of a connected phrase

Related characters


Using 丿 piě : shǎo (less) hū (at) shī (to lose) wù (do not) yì (justice) lè (music) zhī (him) zú (clan) jiǔ (long time) me (what) dì (younger brother) wù (fifth (ordinal))

Sounds same

nǎi (milk)

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Pronunciation

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stroke order for 乃
Stroke order for character 乃, kindly provided under Wikimedia creative commons license
I Ching (Yi Jing) ancient Chinese fortune telling

I Ching (Yi Jing) ancient Chinese fortune telling

Culture

In ancient China the Emperor would do very little without consulting the Yi Jing (I Ching). The Imperial court had experts to interpret the answers given by this method of Divination. Because it produces a set for 'now' and also a 'change' it is called the Book of Changes and contains explanations of the transformation.
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