cǎo grass; herb

Note

Two blades growing out of the ground
Number of strokes 3

Radical

Index 140 used in: huā (flower) ; chá (tea) ; yīng (flower) ; cài (vegetable) ; māo (cat) ; cǎo (grass) ; láo (to toil) ; mǎn (to fill) ; qián (front) ; yì (skill) ; kǔ (bitter) ; dǒng (to understand)

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cǎo (grass)

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

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