pín poor; inadequate; deficient

Made up of [ fēn divide; part , bèi shell; precious; cowrie shell radical 154]
Alternative traditional form of character:

Note

Combination of 'divide' and 'precious' gives idea of poverty
Number of strokes 8

Related characters


Using fēn : fèn (portion) fēn (numerous) pàn (to hope for) pén (basin) bàn (to act)
Using bèi : guì (precious) zhēn (chaste) tiē (to stick) shǎng (to hand down)

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Pronunciation

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Chinese proverb

Proverb

Gé àn guān huǒ [ge an guan huo]
separate bank observe fire
Watch the fire burn from the other side of the river
Just observing and not helping others when help is needed
Chinese proverb

Proverb

驴唇
Lǖ chún bù duì mǎ zuǐ [lu chun bu dui ma zui]
donkey lips no match horse mouth
Donkey's lips do not fit a horse's mouth
Something that is out of place and inappropriate
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