shǒu hand

Note

A simplified picture of a hand with a line across the palm - simplified by one stroke from character form
Number of strokes 3

Radical

Index 64 used in: wǒ (I (me)) ; zhǎo (to try to find) ; gǎo (to do) ; bào (to announce) ; bàn (to act) ; bào (to hold) ; bǎ (to hold) ; jì (skill) ; dān (to undertake)

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Sounds same

shǒu (hand) shǒu (head)

Different tone

shòu (to receive)
Full character form of this simplified radical: shǒu

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

Birds nest soup

A well-known Chinese delicacy is bird's nest soup. The bird in question is a swallow or swift that builds a nest out of mud and saliva. The nests are harvested and warmed in water to separate out the mud particles. It is the bird saliva that gives a gelatinous consistency to the soup and a mild flavor. It is believed to have very good medicinal properties.
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