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
double happiness

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