sūn grandson; descendant

Made up of [ child; sage; seed radical 39, xiǎo small; young radical 42]

Note

Combining 'child' and 'small' gives the idea of very young child and only a small step yields 'grandson'

Related characters


Using : hǎo (good) xué (study) kǒng (great) hēng (prosperous) jì (season) zì (letter) lǐ (plum) hái (child) xiào (filial piety or obedience)
Using xiǎo : shǎo (less) dāng (to be) shàng (still)

Different tone

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People

孙中山 Sun Yatsen
孙武 Sun Wu

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