廿 niàn twenty

Made up of [ gǒng two hands radical 55]

Note

Two ten symbols combined to give twenty. Mainly reserved for use in day numbers within a month
Number of strokes 4

Related characters


Using gǒng : kāi (begin) yì (different)

Sounds same

niàn (to read)

Different tone

nián (year)

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