xiàng elephant; shape


A measure word to use for this noun: tóu

Note

A picture of a rearing elephant with head, tusks, legs and a tail
Number of strokes: 11

Different tone

xiāng (fragrant) xiāng (each other) xiāng (countryside) xiǎng (to think)

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Pronunciation

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Proverbs

人心不足蛇吞象 rén xīn bù zú shé tūn xiàng Greed is insatiable
盲人摸象 máng rén mō xiàng Seeing only part of the situation. A Buddhist tale of how a group of blind men each felt a different part of an elephant and came to very different ideas of what it was. One felt a tusk (a huge carrot?), one a ear (a flat dish?), one a leg (a column?) and the fourth the tail (a rope?). None could agree as to what it was.

Also

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