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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Catties

Tea was the most important export that was weighed in the traditional Chinese unit of measurement called a 'catty'. It is colloqually known as the Chinese pound and is about 1.1pounds. The modern weight is aligned to the metric system as exactly 500grams. The container for tea, a 'caddy', is believed to have been named after the measure. In China it is known as the jin the word catty probably came from the Malay word for 'jin'.
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