shī corpse

Alternative traditional form of character:


The traditional form is a picture of a person lying down, hence a body
Number of strokes 3


Index 44 used in: wū (house) ; ne (and you?)

< Previous radical 43 wāng Next radical 46 shān >

Sounds same

shī (lion) shī shī (to lose)

Different tone

shí (ten) shí (time) shí (rock) shí (real) shí (food) shí (eat) shǐ (history) shǐ (to begin) shǐ (arrow) shǐ (pig) shì (is) shì (matter) shì (market) shì (life) shì (spirit) shì (bachelor) shì (clan name) shì (to show)

< Previous shī Next shí >

Farming Calendar

In China there were two calendars in use, one based on the orbit of the moon and one for the sun. The lunar calendar was the important one and gives the dates for Chinese New Year and other festivals. However, farmers needed a calendar based on the sun so crops are sown and harvested at the correct time. The Lichun or farmers calendar splits the year into 24 intervals of 15 or 16 days synchronized with the solar orbit, each with a jieqi name such as 'Grain in Ear' or 'Severe Cold'. The Qing Ming festival in early April is one festival that follows the sun rather than the moon.
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