piàn thin piece; flake; a slice


Number of strokes 4

Radical

Index 91 used in: bǎn (a register)

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Elephant Game

Chinese chess is called 象棋 literally 'elephant game'. One of the pieces in the game is an elephant, it is a defensive piece that can only move two places at a time and only on the home side of the board. As well as meaning 'elephant', 'xiang' can also mean shape or image and it may be that the game is to do with the 'shapes' or constellations in the sky. Another 'Xiang' means 'think' which is appropriate for such a cerebral game.
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