yè night

Made up of [ sunset; evening radical 36, rén Person (radical) radical 9, tóu head; lid radical 8]


Originally a depiction of a man sleeping on his side hence idea of 'night'; now shows a man under a roof lying on his side in the 'evening'

Related characters

Using : wài (outside) suì (year) míng (name) duō (many) duō (many)
Using rén : tā (he) huā (flower) mén (s) hé (what) huà (to make into) wèi (position) zhuàn (biography) zuò (to do) dài (replace) 亿 yì (100,000,000) nǐ (you) zhù (to live) fèn (portion) shén (what) gū (estimate) gōng (to provide) zhí (value) bǐng (both) rén (humane) chàng (to initiate) 仿 fǎng (to imitate) dǎo (fall) dàn (but) hòu (wait)
Using tóu : mǔ (area) jīng (capital) hēng (prosperous) shì (market) yì (also) wáng (to die)

Sounds same

yè (page)

Different tone

yě (also)

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日以继夜 rì yǐ jì yè Working without a break. Exhausted
屋漏偏逢连夜雨 wū lòu piān féng lián yè yǔ Misfortunes tend to come all at once
夜长梦多 yè cháng mèng duō When in hard times it is foolish to merely dream of better things

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The Eight Immortals Ba xian are some of the best known and best loved folk deities in China. The disparate band of individuals is usually shown in a boat each holding an emblematic object: bottle gourd, fan, basket, bamboo tube, peach, sword, flute and castanets. They joined together to defeat the Dragon King.
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