yì different; other; hetero-

Made up of [ gǒng two hands radical 55, snake; 6th earthly branch and zodiac element radical 49]
Alternative traditional form of character:
Made with 6 strokes.
Ancient form is man, perhaps wearing a mask, holding up his arms. Possibly denotes someone giving deference to a 'different' class of person

Related characters


Also uses gǒng component: kāi (begin) 廿 niàn (twenty) suàn (calculate)
Also uses component: bāo (to cover) gǎng (harbor)

Sounds same

yì (easy) 亿 yì (100,000,000) yì (justice) yì (also) yì (city) yì (catch) yì (skill) yì (to recollect) yì (idea)

Different tone

yī (one) yī (doctor) yī (clothes) yī (clothes) yí (proper) yí (barbarians) yǐ (hidden) yǐ (to use) yǐ (chair) yǐ (already) yǐ (twist)

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Pronunciation

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Proverbs

同床异梦 tóng chuáng yì mèng Not everyone thinks the same
异曲同工 yì qǔ tóng gōng Different methods giving the same result. Different but equally satisfactory.