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
Number of strokes: 7

Related characters


Also uses qiàn component: cì (next in sequence) gē (song) huān (merry) ruǎn (soft)
Also uses shí component: bǎo (to eat till full) fàn (food) guǎn (building) jiǎo (dumpling)

Sounds same

yǐn ('long stride')

Different tone

yīn (yin) yīn (sound) yín (silver)

< Previous yín Next yǐn >

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 your parents)

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