wǔ noon; midday

Sounds same

wǔ (five) wǔ (martial)

Different tone

wū (crow) wū (house) wú (not to have) wù (do not) wù (fifth (ordinal))

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


上午 shàng wǔ morning
中午 zhōng wǔ lunchtime
下午 xià wǔ afternoon


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