xiǎn danger; dangerous; rugged

Made up of [ 'left ear'; 'right of mound' radical 170]

Note

Consists of 'mound' or 'wall' with a phonetic element 'xian' to mean a narrow passage and hence 'danger'

Related characters


Using : jì (border) líng (mound) suí (Sui) yuàn (courtyard) á (what?) zǔ (to hinder) fáng (to protect)

Different tone

xiān (fresh) xiān (first) xián xián (to stay idle) xiàn (to appear)

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Pronunciation

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