xiě write

Made up of [ cover; crown radical 14, to give; together with; and ]
Alternative traditional form of character:


A representation of a magpie under a roof; As a magpie collects bright things there is an association with putting things in order by writing them down
Number of strokes 5

Related characters

Using : láo (to toil) ài (love) miǎn (to escape)

Different tone

xiē (some) xiè (thanks) xiè

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Fish for good fortune

Fish for good fortune


Fish ( ) have been a frequently used symbol for good fortune for centuries. This is because means ?surplus; abundance? and so a picture of a fish is a wish for prosperity. They are often eaten at Chinese New Year partly as a symbol for a wish for abundance in the coming year.

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