fù 'left ear'; 'right of mound'


Called the 'left-ear' radical as it looks like an ear but nothing to do with hearing. Originally picture of steps leading down from a mound.
Number of strokes 2


Index 170 used in: jì (border) ; líng (mound) ; xiǎn (danger) ; suí (Sui) ; yuàn (courtyard) ; á (what?) ; zǔ (to hinder) ; fáng (to protect)

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Sounds same

fù (woman) fù (father) fù (rich) fù (place)

Different tone

fū (husband) fú (blessing) fú (good fortune) fú (not)

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


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