bèi shell; precious; cowrie shell

Alternative traditional form of character:
Made with 4 strokes.
Picture of a cowrie shell which was in ancient times used as a currency, it has thus become associated with anything expensive
Ancient small seal form Small seal

Different tone

bēi (cup) běi (north)


Index 154 used in: (toilet) ; guì (precious) ; pín (poor) ; shǎng (to hand down) ; tiē (to stick) ; yuán (person) ; (conjunction used to express contrast with a previous sentence or clause) ; zhēn (chaste)

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stroke order for 贝
Stroke order for character 贝, kindly provided under Wikimedia creative commons license


呼伦贝尔市 Hulunbuir, Inner Mongolia