yāo youngest; most junior; tiny; coil


A coil of silk thread
Number of strokes: 3


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yǎo (to bite) yào (want) yào (medicine)

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

Middle Kingdom

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The import of opium from India had a devastating effect on China. Although opium had been grown and used in China for centuries the import of huge quantities of the British controlled trade into Guangdong proved far more addiciive. It was the government officials who were most affected and even Dowager Empress Cixi used opium. Attempts to stop the trade led to two wars with Britain which China lost.
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