shí eat

Made up of [ liáng good; very; very much , rén person radical 9]


Can be thought of as 'good' (liang) under a 'lid'. Original form was 'together' and 'food'
Number of strokes: 9


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Also uses rén component: chá (tea) cóng (from) hé (why) huì (can) jīn (modern) jiǔ (long time) lìng (to order) shè (residence) yǐ (to use) zhòng (many) zuò (seat) zuò (sit)

Sounds same

shí (ten) shí (time) shí (rock) shí (real)

Different tone

shī (lion) shī shī (to lose) shī (corpse) shī (poem) shī (to grant) shǐ (history) shǐ (to begin) shǐ (arrow) shǐ (pig) shì (is) shì (matter) shì (market) shì (life) shì (spirit) shì (bachelor) shì (clan name) shì (to show) shì (room)
Full character form of this simplified radical: shí

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


废寝忘食 fèi qǐn wàng shí To be absorbed in work and study
饥不择食 jī bù zé shí The starving aren't fussy over their food - take whatever is available
因噎废食 yīn yè fèi shí Life does not come without risks. Risk of failure is not an argument for not trying
解衣推食 jiě yī tuī shí Sharing clothes and food with someone in need. To treat with great kindness and consideration.
发愤忘食 fā fèn wàng shí Concentrating on work so much that appetite is forgotten. Implication that work is interesting rather than drudgery.
灭此朝食 miè cǐ zhāo shí Grasp current opportunity; anxious to do battle. Tackle the important problem first.


寒食节 hán shí jié Cold Food Festival