dào road; way; path

Made up of [ chuò walking radical 162, shǒu head; chief; classifier for poems, songs etc ]
Made with 12 strokes.
Combines the radical for 'walking' with a representation of 'leader' and gives 'road' the Daoist word for 'path of virtue'
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Also uses chuò component: biān (side) féng (to meet by chance) guò (past) hái (still) jìn (to advance) jìn (near) lián (to link) liáo (distant) (to bewilder) (riddle) tōng (open) yíng (welcome) (to meet) yuǎn (far) yùn (to move) zhè (this)

Sounds same

dào (fall) dào (arrive)

Different tone

dāo (knife) dāo (knife (radical)) dǎo (island)

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stroke order for 道
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道高一尺,魔高一丈 dào gāo yī chǐ, mó gāo yī zhàng There is always opportunity for evil to take root
横行霸道 héng xíng bà dào Being deliberately obstructive
鸣锣开道 míng luó kāi dao To publicize an event
头头是道 tóu tóu shì daò Logically and rigorously argued
邪门歪道 xié mén wāi daò Dishonesty and deceit
道听途说 dào tīng tú shuō Listening to roadside gossip or tittle-tattle.