shǒu head; chief; classifier for poems, songs etc

Made up of [ from; self; oneself radical 132]

Note

A picture of a head with nose and hair prominent
Number of strokes 9

Related characters

Sounds same

shǒu (hand) shǒu (hand)

Different tone

shòu (to receive)

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Pronunciation

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

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lǎo venerable; old

Made up of [ lǎo old radical 125, bǐ spoon; ladle radical 21]

Origin

A simplification of the characters for 'hair'; 'person' and 'change' immediately suggesting the change to white hair of the elderly
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