tóu head

Made up of [ big; great; large; very radical 37]
Used as component in : shí ; mài ; mǎi
This measure word can be used with these nouns: yáng (sheep) xiàng (elephant) niú (ox)
Alternative traditional form of character:
Made with 5 strokes.
Substantially simplified pictogram of head upon a body. Measure word for livestock (just like English heads of cattle etc)
Ancient small seal form Small seal

Related characters

Also uses component: (husband) měi (beautiful) (do not) (strange) qìng (celebrate) shī (to lose) tài (too) tiān (sky) yāng (center) (barbarians)

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tóu (head)

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汕头 Shantou, Guangdong
包头 Baotou, Inner Mongolia


好马不吃回头草 hǎo mǎ bù chī huí tóu cǎo Pride may forbid a person going back to his home town after failure. Do not dwell on past actions, progress forward
虎头蛇尾 hǔ tóu shé wěi Begins promisingly but ends badly
焦头烂额 jiāo tóu làn é In terrible trouble
蚂蚁啃骨头 mǎ yǐ kěn gǔ tou Dogged perseverance to achieve a long term end
宁做鸡头,不当凤尾 nìng zuò jītóu, bù dāng fèng wěi Better to be leader of a humble organization than the stooge of a grand one
强龙难压地头蛇 qiáng lóng nán yā dì tóu shé Knowledge of local area and people gives them a distinct advantage even against a strong enemy


龙抬头 Lóng tái tóu Blue Dragon Festival
葱头 cōng tóu onion