shé tongue

Note

Picture of a tongue emerging from a mouth at the bottom
Number of strokes 6

Radical

Index 135 used in: huà (speech) ; shè (residence)

< Previous radical 133 zhì Next radical 137 zhōu >

Different tone

shè (to shoot) shè (residence)

< Previous shǎo Next shè >

Fish for good fortune

Fish for good fortune

Culture

Fish ( ) have been a frequently used symbol for good fortune for centuries. This is because means ?surplus; abundance? and so a picture of a fish is a wish for prosperity. They are often eaten at Chinese New Year partly as a symbol for a wish for abundance in the coming year.

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