dǎn the gall; the nerve; courage

Made up of [ yuè moon; month radical 74, dàn dawn; morning; day-break ]
Alternative traditional form of character:
Made with 9 strokes.
The moon radical is really in this case 'meat', 'dan' is phonetic

Related characters

Also uses yuè component: (clothes) gān (liver) (lake) (beard) jiāo (to glue) míng (bright) néng (to be able to) péng (friend) péng (friend) (phase) qián (front) qīng (green) sàn (to scatter) shèng (victory) suí (Sui) yīn (yin) yǒu (have) zhāo (dynasty)
Also uses dàn component: dàn (but) dān (to undertake)

Different tone

dān (to undertake) dān (bill) dàn (birth) dàn (dawn) dàn (but)

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闻风丧胆 wén fēng sàng dǎn Panic stricken; terrified by news
一身是胆 yī shēn shì dǎn Fearless, intrepid. A heroic disposition.
卧薪尝胆 wò xīn cháng dǎn Patiently suffering while plotting revenge or recovery. Sleeping rough and eating poor food while preparing for a comeback.
胆大如斗 dǎn dà rú dǒu Someone who is immensely bold and courageous. In traditional medicine the gall bladder was considered the controller of aggression and courage, so someone with a huge gall bladder was expected to be very courageous.


dǎn gall bladder