niú ox; cow; bull


A measure word to use for this noun: tóu

Note

Pictogram of an ox, originally with two horns now with only the left hand one
Number of strokes: 4

Radical

Index 93 used in: wù (thing)

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Pronunciation

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

Proverbs

对牛弹琴 duì niú tán qín Wasting your time on pointless efforts. The 'lute' in this case is the qin, a traditional musical instrument. To address an inappropriate and unappreciative audience. A story from the Han dynasty when Mouzi Lihuolun, a Confucian scholar, who failed to describe Buddhist teaching because his audience had no basic understanding of it
九牛二虎之力 jiǔ niú èr hǔ zhī lì Tremendously strong
九牛一毛 jiǔ niú yī maó An insignificant amount. A trivial matter
牛鼎烹鸡 niú dǐng pēng jī An in appropriate tool or scale of preparation for a job. Also refers to when a person of great skill is given a menial job
风马牛不相及 fēng mǎ niú bù xiāng jí People moving in different circles, different agendas. Having nothing in common.

Also

niú ox
犀牛 xī niú rhinoceros

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