yāo youngest; most junior; tiny; coil

Note

A coil of silk thread
Number of strokes 3

Radical

Index 52

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Different tone

yǎo (to bite) yào (want)

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

Imperial Purple

In the West the Imperial palace is known as just the Forbidden City. In China the full name is 紫禁城 Zijin Cheng - Purple Forbidden City. Just as in Rome, purple was the color associated with the emperor. In Chinese astronomy the region close to the Pole star is the home of the Celestial Emperor and is called the Purple Forbidden Region. The earthly Emperor is the conduit to the heavens and so lives in the Purple Forbidden City.
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