niú ox; cow; bull


A measure word to use for this noun: tóu

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 level of preparation. A minor event does not require such large preparation

Also

niú ox
犀牛 xī niú rhinoceros

Extra-Territoriality

When the foreign powers forcibly opened up trade with China in the mid 19th century they did not wish to be subject to Chinese laws which they saw as unfair, savage and corrupt. The principle of Extra-Territoriality was used to make the treaty ports in China subject to foreign legislation over criminal acts, taxation and ownership. The system remained in force until the founding of the Republic of China in 1912.
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