zuān to drill; to bore; to get into

Made up of [ jīn metal radical 167, zhān to observe; to divine ]
Alternative traditional form of character:


Metal radical suggests digging for ore, 'zhan' is rough phonetic
Number of strokes 10

Related characters

Using jīn : qián (money) zhōng (clock) pù (store)
Using zhān : zhàn (station) zhān (to glue) zhàn (to fight) diàn (inn) tiē (to stick) diǎn (spot)

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