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


Using rén : tā (he) huā (flower) mén (s) hé (what) huà (to make into) wèi (position) yè (night) zhuàn (biography) zuò (to do) dài (replace) 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 : kǒng (great) chī (to eat) xí (to practice) yǐ (to use) lǐ (ceremony) mài (sell) yì (skill) yì (to recollect) yě (also) mǎi (buy) jiǔ (nine) lìng (to order) hé (why)

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)

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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

Well field

An early form of tithe system was used in China to provide income for the state. Land was divided into nine equal portions in a 3x3 grid. One portion, the central one, was harvested and the produce given to the state. Wang Mang re-introduced this form of taxation in the middle of the Han dynasty.
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