zhī one; single

Made up of [ kǒu mouth radical 30]
This measure word can be used with these nouns: shǒu (hand) niǎo (bird) māo (cat)

Note

Originally a picture of a bird on a hand, now much simplified to be a breathing mouth. Measure word when referring one of a pair: one hand, one shoe etc. and also some animals
Number of strokes: 5

Related characters


Also uses kǒu component: bā (supposition or suggestion) chàng (to sing) chāo (to exceed) chī (to eat) chuán (boat) fēi (coffee) fù (rich) fú (good fortune) gào (to tell) gè (each) gōng (palace) gǒu (dog) gǔ (ancient) hāi (sound of sighing) hào (name) hé (to close) hé (together) hē (drink) hēng (prosperous) hòu (behind) huí (to circle) huò (maybe) jí (lucky) jiào (called) jīng (capital) jiù (fault) jù (sentence) jú (office) jūn (monarch) kā (coffee) kě (can) lìng (other) mǎ (?) mìng (life) míng (to call (birds)) míng (name) ne (and you?) pí (hops) pǐn (article) rú (as) shàng (still) shì (matter) shǐ (history) suī (although) tái (typhoon) táng (Tang) tīng (to listen) tóng (same) wèn (ask) xǐ (to be fond of) xiōng (elder brother) yǎo (to bite) yòu (right) yǔ (language) yuán (person) yuē (to speak) zhān (to observe) zhī (to know) zhōu (circuit) zú (foot)

Sounds same

zhī (him) zhī (to know) zhī (to support) zhī (branch)

Different tone

zhí (straight) zhí (value) zhí (to plant) zhǐ (paper) zhǐ (to stop) zhǐ (walk slowly) zhì (aspiration) zhì (to arrive) zhì (to rule) zhì (to send) zhì (to install)

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Pronunciation

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stroke order for 只
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Proverbs

不怕路长只怕志短 bú pà lù cháng zhǐ pà zhì duǎn Do not be afraid of a long road to success only be afraid of a shortage of ambition
授人以鱼只解一时之急,授人以渔 则解一生之需 shòu rén yǐ yú zhǐ jiù yī shí zhī jí, shòu rén yǐ yú zé jiě yī shēng zhī xū It is important to learn a skill that will last for life
一只蜂酿不成蜜一颗米熬不成粥 yī zhī fēng niáng bù chéng mì yī kē mǐ áo bù chéng zhōu It needs joint effort to achieve anything worthwhile

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