yǐn to drink

Made up of [ qiàn yawn; deficient radical 76, shí food; eat radical 184]

Note

Originally a combination of 'eat' and 'breath' suggesting drinking

Related characters


Using qiàn : huān (merry) gē (song)
Using shí : bǎo (to eat till full) fàn (food) jiǎo (dumpling) guǎn (building)

Sounds same

yǐn ('long stride')

Different tone

yīn (yin) yīn (sound)

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Pronunciation

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Proverbs

饮鸠止渴 yǐn jiū zhǐ kě To take reckless action regardless of the consequences
饮水思源 yǐn shuǐ sī yuán Do not forget the source of your good fortune (particularly parents)

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