亿 yì 100,000,000; hundred million

Made up of [ rén Person (radical) radical 9, hidden; concealed; small radical 5]
Alternative traditional form of character:

Note

Combination of 'person' and phonetic for 'yi' the connection with such a large number is not clear, may be just a suggestion of the population as a whole
Number of strokes: 18

Related characters


Also uses rén component: bǐng (both) chàng (to initiate) dài (replace) dàn (but) dǎo (fall) 仿 fǎng (to imitate) fèn (portion) gōng (to provide) gū (estimate) hé (what) hòu (wait) huà (to make into) huá (splendid) huā (flower) jiàn (healthy) liǎng (pair) mén (s) nǐ (you) rén (humane) shén (what) tā (he) wèi (position) yè (night) zhí (value) zhù (to live) zhuàn (biography) zuò (to do)
Also uses component: chī (to eat) hé (why) jiǔ (nine) kǒng (great) lǐ (ceremony) lìng (to order) mài (sell) mǎi (buy) xí (to practice) yě (also) yì (to recollect) yì (skill) yǐ (to use)

Sounds same

yì (easy) yì (justice) yì (also) yì (city) yì (catch) yì (skill) yì (to recollect) yì (idea) yì (different)

Different tone

yī (one) yī (doctor) yī (clothes) yī (clothes) yí (proper) yǐ (hidden) yǐ (to use) yǐ (chair) yǐ (already) yǐ (twist)

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Pronunciation

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stroke order for 亿
Stroke order for character 亿, kindly provided under Wikimedia creative commons license

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