quán all; whole; entire

Made up of [ to enter; to go into; to join radical 11, jade radical 96]

Note

Originally combined 'joined' with 'work' suggesting completion, now uses 'jade' 'entered' or 'enscribed' suggesting flawless perfection
Number of strokes: 6

Related characters


Also uses component: nèi (inner)
Also uses component: lǐ (texture) qiú (ball) rùn (leap) wán (toy) xiàn (to appear) zhù (to live) zhǔ (owner)

Sounds same

quán (spring)

Different tone

quǎn (dog) quǎn (dog)

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Pronunciation

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stroke order for 全
Stroke order for character 全, kindly provided under Wikimedia creative commons license

People

洪秀全 Hong Xiuquan

Proverbs

逢奸宁可玉碎,气正不求瓦全 féng jiān nìng kě yù suì, qì zhèng bù qiú wǎ quán It is better to die with honor than surrender
麻雀虽小,五脏俱全 má què suī xiǎo, wǔ zàng jù quán A person is a person regardless of size. Complete in every detail
宁为玉碎,不为瓦全 nìng wéi yù suì, bù wéi wǎ quán Better to persevere than face destruction by standing out
十全十美 shí quán shí měi Perfection; faultless

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