yuán primary; first; dollar

Made up of [ ér legs radical 10, èr two; 2 radical 7]

Note

Compound of head on top of legs emphasizing the head hence primary, first
Number of strokes 4

Related characters


Using ér : xiān (first) ér (child) guāng (light) kè (to be able to) tù (rabbit) jiàn (see) xiōng (elder brother) zhēn (really) miǎn (to escape)
Using èr : è (evil) yú (in) xiē (some) rén (humane)

Sounds same

yuán (former) yuán (park)

Different tone

yuǎn (far) yuàn (courtyard) yuàn (to hope)

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Pronunciation

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People

元太祖 Genghis Khan

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元宵节 Yuánxiāojié Lantern Festival

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The traditional way to show respect and subservience was with the kowtow, which involves bowing and touching the ground with the forehead. A kowtow was made to parents, school teachers, court officials as well as the Imperial family. Sometimes it is still seen when families visit their ancestral tomb.
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