nǚ female; woman


Number of strokes 3

Radical

Index 38 used in: hǎo (good) ; ān (peace) ; nǚ (woman) ; tā (she) ; jiě (elder sister) ; fù (woman) ; mèi (younger sister) ; rú (as) ; shǐ (to begin) ; mā (mother) ; nǎi (milk) ; ǎi (low) ; yào (want) ; gū (paternal aunt) ; xìng (surname) ; lóu (multi-story building)

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nǚ (woman)

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Pronunciation

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

Proverbs

男女平等 nán nǔ píng děng Treating men and women the same

Changes and transformations

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