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

Writing characters

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yì easy; amiable; to change

Made up of [ rì sun; day radical 72, wù do not]

Origin

Originally a picture of a chameleon hence idea of change, now made up of 'sun' and 'do not' so can be remembered as 'sun does not change'
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