bèi shell; precious; cowrie shell

Alternative traditional form of character:


Picture of a cowrie shell which was in ancient times used as a currency, it has thus become associated with anything expensive
Number of strokes 4


Index 154 used in: guì (precious) ; zhēn (chaste) ; pín (poor) ; tiē (to stick) ; shǎng (to hand down)

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Different tone

bēi (cup) běi (north)

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


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