qióng exhausted; poor

Made up of [ xué cave; cavity; hole radical 116, strength radical 19]
Alternative traditional form of character:


The idea of poverty can be thought of living by exertion/strength in a cave
Number of strokes: 7

Related characters

Also uses xué component: kòng (to empty) xué (narrow)
Also uses component: biān (side) dòng (to use) gōng (accomplishment) kā (coffee) láo (to toil) lì (to experience) lìng (other) nán (male) sū (revive) wèi (do) wù (affair)

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黔驴技穷 qián lǖ jì qiong Even a clever donkey can not solve the problem. The story is that a tiger first spotted a donkey and was scared of the new monster, but seeing it do very little but kick it killed and ate the donkey.
山穷水尽 shān qióng shuǐ jìn Thirsty and starving; destitute
日暮途穷 rì mù tú qióng The end game is upon us.

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