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

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