mǔ mother; elderly female relative; origin


Used as component in : měi
Made with 5 strokes.
Picture of a body bearing two breasts
Ancient small seal form Small seal

Sounds same

mǔ (area)

Different tone

mù (wood) mù (eye)

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Pronunciation

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stroke order for 母
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Proverbs

儿行千里母担忧 ér xíng qiān lǐ mǔ dān yōu Mothers will always worry about their children
失败是成功之母 shī bài shì chéng gōng zhī mǔ Learning from mistakes
孟母三迁 mèng mǔ sān qiān It's important to spend time getting things just right for your children's education. The famous story is of Mencius (Mengzi) the second sage of Confucian philosophy. To ensure she had chosen the best possible location for her son's education she is reputed to have moved house three times. The legend is mentioned in the three character classic.