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:

Note

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

Related characters


Also uses jīn component: guō (pot) pù (store) qián (money) tiě (arms) yín (silver) zhōng (clock)
Also uses zhān component: diàn (shop) diǎn (spot) tiē (to stick) zhàn (to fight) zhàn (station) zhān (to glue)

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Pronunciation

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