qiú ball; sphere; globe

Made up of [ jade radical 96]


Could be thought of as 'king' of the globe and so 'king' radical, right part is the phonetic 'qui'
Number of strokes: 11

Related characters

Also uses component: lǐ (texture) quán (all) rùn (leap) wán (toy) xiàn (to appear) zhù (to live) zhǔ (owner)

Sounds same

qiú (autumn) qiú (to beat)

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