xí to practice; to study; habit

Made up of [ bīng ice radical 15, hidden; concealed; small radical 5]
Alternative traditional form of character:

Note

The old form had two 'wings' over 'self' suggesting learning 'to fly' and hence 'studying', the modern represent just a single wing

Related characters


Using : kǒng (great) chī (to eat) yǐ (to use) 亿 yì (100,000,000) lǐ (ceremony) mài (sell) yì (skill) yì (to recollect) yě (also) mǎi (buy) jiǔ (nine) lìng (to order) hé (why)

Different tone

西 xī (west) xī (sunset) xǐ (box; bag) xǐ (to be fond of) xì (system)

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

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