zǔ to hinder; to block; to obstruct

Made up of [ 'left ear'; 'right of mound' radical 170, qiě and; moreover; yet ]

Note

Mound gives idea of an obstacle, zu (tablet) gives the phonetic
Number of strokes 7

Related characters


Using : jì (border) líng (mound) xiǎn (danger) suí (Sui) yuàn (courtyard) á (what?) fáng (to protect)
Using qiě : jiě (elder sister) zǔ (grandfather) zū (to hire) zǔ (to form) yí (proper)

Sounds same

zǔ (grandfather) zǔ (to form)

Different tone

zū (to hire) zú (clan) zú (foot)

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Chinese proverb

Proverb

Jiā tú [jia tu si bi]
house empty four walls
To have nothing but the bare walls of a house
To be very poor

Red eyebrows

The red eyebrow 赤眉 rebellion was a grass roots rebellion fuelled by famine and high taxes. They showed their loyalty to the cause by painting their eyebrows and/or foreheads red. This was 2,000 years ago in the troubled reign of Wang Mang. Perhaps red was chosen as it was the dynastic color of the Han dynasty which Wang Mang had overthrown and the rebels sought to restore.
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