zāi disaster; calamity

Made up of [ huǒ fire , mián roof radical 40]

Note

What could be more a potent picture of a disaster? Just 'fire' put under a 'roof' and you have the concept of 'calamity'

Related characters


Using huǒ : pào (cannon) zhà (to explode)
Using mián : ān (peace) tā (it) bǎo (jewel) fù (rich) hán (cold) shí (real) zì (letter) gōng (palace) song (Song) yuàn (courtyard) yí (proper) kè (customer) xué (cave) róng (to hold) jiā (house) guān (official) dìng (to set)

Different tone

zài (again) zài (exist) zài (to carry)

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Pronunciation

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