zhǔ owner; master; host

Made up of [ zhǔ dot radical 3, jade radical 96]

Note

Ancient picture was of a lighted torch this has now changed to be associated with 'jade' as this is a prized treasure it implies ownership and mastery. Or it might be that Zhu (monarch) gives the phonetic.
Number of strokes 5

Related characters


Using zhǔ : tài (too) yù (jade) lì (beautiful) wū (crow) yì (justice) zhōu (prefecture) zhù (to live) dì (younger brother) bái (bright) sháo (spoon) duì (to cash) lìng (to order) yóu (outstanding) liáng (good) pù (store) wèi (do)
Using : quán (all) rùn (leap) zhù (to live) wán (toy) lǐ (texture) xiàn (to appear)

Sounds same

zhǔ (dot) zhǔ (to cook)

Different tone

zhū (hog) zhú (bamboo) zhú (bamboo) zhù (to live) zhù (to halt)

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Pronunciation

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stroke order for 主
Stroke order for character 主, kindly provided under Wikimedia creative commons license

Cities

公主岭 Gongzhuling, Jilin
Mon 19th Feb

The year of the Pekingese dog

With many people still celebrating the Spring Festival and the start of the Year of the Dog, I came across a piece describing the decline of what was the most famous breed of dog in China. The Pekingese were Dowager Empress Cixi's favorite dog and she kept hundreds. They were bred to look like tiny lions rather than dogs and Cixi kept them as lap dogs. They were given marble kennels in the Forbidden City and rested on silk cushions. Imperial eunuchs looked after the dogs and they were given the choicest meat and rice. As part of the spoils of the sacking of the Summer Palace in the Opium Wars (1860) one Pekingese dog was sent back to Queen Victoria which she kept as a pet called 'Looty'.

In China the Pekingese breed is not now popular, people now prefer poodles and other breeds. The small, local population is now considered so inbred that Chinese are looking to bring back Pekingese from overseas to re-invigorate the breed.


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