sì snake; 6th earthly branch and zodiac element

Note

Picture of a snake
Number of strokes 3

Radical

Index 49 used in: bāo (to cover) ; yì (different)

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Sounds same

sì (four) sì (to run)

Different tone

sī (silk) sī (private) sī (silk) sī (to think) sǐ (die)
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stroke order for 巳
Stroke order for character 巳, kindly provided under Wikimedia creative commons license

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