nán male; man

Made up of [ tián field radical 102, strength radical 19]

Note

Combination of 'field' and 'strength' to signify a man's toil in the fields
Number of strokes 7

Related characters


Using tián : léi (thunder) māo (cat) lǐ (inside) mǔ (area) fú (good fortune) fù (rich) jiǎ (first in list) shēn (to extend) lèi (tired) huà (to draw) sī (to think) dài (to respect)
Using : dòng (to use) gōng (accomplishment) láo (to toil) lìng (other) lì (to experience) wèi (do)

Sounds same

nán (south) nán (difficult)

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Pronunciation

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Proverbs

男女平等 nán nǔ píng děng Treating men and women the same
double happiness

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Mon 19th Feb

The year of the Pekingese dog

With many people still celebrating the Spring Festival and the start of the Year of the Dog, I came across a piece describing the decline of what was the most famous breed of dog in China. The Pekingese were Dowager Empress Cixi's favorite dog and she kept hundreds. They were bred to look like tiny lions rather than dogs and Cixi kept them as lap dogs. They were given marble kennels in the Forbidden City and rested on silk cushions. Imperial eunuchs looked after the dogs and they were given the choicest meat and rice. As part of the spoils of the sacking of the Summer Palace in the Opium Wars (1860) one Pekingese dog was sent back to Queen Victoria which she kept as a pet called 'Looty'.

In China the Pekingese breed is not now popular, people now prefer poodles and other breeds. The small, local population is now considered so inbred that Chinese are looking to bring back Pekingese from overseas to re-invigorate the breed.


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