niú ox; cow; bull

Note

Pictogram of an ox, originally with two horns now with only the left hand one
Number of strokes 4

Radical

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Pronunciation

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stroke order for 牛
Stroke order for character 牛, kindly provided under Wikimedia creative commons license

Proverbs

对牛弹琴 duì niú tán qín To address an inappropriate and unappreciative audience
九牛二虎之力 jiǔ niú èr hǔ zhī lì Tremendously strong
九牛一毛 jiǔ niú yī maó An insignificant amount. A trivial matter.
牛鼎烹鸡 niú dǐng pēng jī Inappropriate scale for action. A minor event does not require such large preparation

Also

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Many Chinese spend a great deal of time studying calligraphy. To be able to write (or more accurately draw) Chinese characters requires lots of practise as well as knowing both the brush strokes and the order in which to make them.
Fri 1st Dec 2017

Grave robber given the death sentence

China can not be accused of taking the digging up of historical artifacts from burials lightly. It has always been culturally important to respect the graves of the dead as many still believe the ancestors pass judgment on their families. China has many ancient tombs some containing valuable ornaments and jewelry, particularly in northern China.

Yao Yuzhong from Inner Mongolia has been found guilty of grave robbing - not just himself but heading up a gang numbering 225 people. He now has two years to mount an appeal and even if he loses that, he may have his sentence commuted to life imprisonment for good behavior.


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