zǔ grandfather

Made up of [ shì spirit; altar radical 113, qiě and; moreover; yet ]
Similar looking characters : zū (to hire)
Made with 9 strokes.
Combines the 'altar' radical and tablet so is linked to ancestral veration
Ancient small seal form Small seal

Related characters

Also uses shì component: fú (good fortune) lǐ (ceremony) shén (god)
Also uses qiě component: jiě (elder sister) yí (proper) zǔ (to form) zǔ (to hinder) zū (to hire)

Sounds same

zǔ (to form) zǔ (to hinder)

Different tone

zū (to hire) zú (clan) zú (foot)

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元太祖 Genghis Khan


数典忘祖 shǔ diǎn wàng zǔ Lose connection with ancestors - lose one's roots. Ignorance of own origins or country.


zǔ ancestral tablet