tù rabbit

Made up of [ ér legs radical 10]

Note

An ancient pictogram of a squatting hare or rabbit with a dash to denote the tail

Related characters


Using ér : xiān (first) ér (child) yuán (primary) guāng (light) kè (to be able to) jiàn (see) xiōng (elder brother) zhēn (really) miǎn (to escape)

Different tone

tǔ (earth)

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

Proverbs

狡兔三窟 jiǎo tù sān kū To succeed there must be several alternative strategies
守株待兔 shǒu zhū dài tù Counts on luck rather than action to reach goals. Laziness and inaction
兔死狗烹 tù sǐ gǒu pēng Watch your back. Once the job is done you may be sacked
兔死狐悲 tù sǐ hú bēi Showing false grief to conceal true feeling
兔子不吃窝边草 tù zi bù chī wō biān cǎo Thieves do not steal from neighbors

Also

兔子 tù zi hare
Kites

Kites

Culture

Along with many other things the Chinese lay claim to the invention of the kite. Kite flying remains very popular in China and many can be seen flying in public parks. In the past they have been used for military purposes but fishing is probably the most ancient use.

Eight legged essay

If you think yourself unlucky when sitting examinations consider the lot of the Chinese student in ancient times. China has a history of examinations going back two thousand years which gradually became more and more tough. Candidates were locked in over night and had to try to memorize exactly Chinese classics that are the length of the Bible. In Ming dynasty times the eight legged essay was the toughest challenge. The candidate's answer had to be in eight parts structured by strict rules. Students needed to study to the age of 30 before taking them and could then retry year after year.
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