earth; soil

Similar looking characters : shì (bachelor)
Made with 3 strokes.
Represents something growing up through the soil. Maybe originally a picture of a phallus as an altar to the god of the soil.
Ancient small seal form Small seal

Different tone



Index 32 used in: cháng (threshing floor) ; chéng (city) ; (earth) ; guī (jade tablet) ; guī (jade tablet) ; hēi (black) ; jiāng (border) ; kuài (piece) ; (inside) ; líng (mound) ; (go) ; sàng (to lose) ; shèng (holy) ; (Buddhist temple) ; zài (exist) ; zhì (to arrive) ; zhōu (circuit) ; zǒu (walk) ; zuò (seat) ; zuò (sit)

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stroke order for 土
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卷土重来 juǎn tǔ chóng lái Making a comeback after a setback - determined to have another go. Like getting back on a horse after being thrown off.