wàn ten thousand; myriad; countless; 10000

Note

A much stylized representation of a scorpion, that is the probable original phonetic association

Different tone

wān (bowl) wán (toy) wǎn (evening)

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Pronunciation

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stroke order for 万
Stroke order for character 万, kindly provided under Wikimedia creative commons license

Proverbs

读万卷书不如行万里路 dú wàn juǎn shū bù rú xíng wàn lǐ lù Learn from practical experience not from books
千山万水 qiān shān wàn shuǐ A long and arduous journey

Chinese chess

The Chinese game of chess is rather different to the version used in the West. The Chinese version is generally considered older and because of the lack of a 'queen' (a relatively recent addition) and the strange rules for the 'cannon' make it just as challenging a game.
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tiē to stick; to paste; to keep close to

Made up of [ bèi shell; precious; cowrie shell radical 154, zhān to observe; to divine]
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