hóu nobleman; high official

Made up of [ rén Person (radical) radical 9, shǐ arrow; to vow radical 111]
Similar looking characters : hòu (wait)
Made with 9 strokes.
A person with arrow - ancient lord who possessed such expensive weapons

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Also uses rén component: bǐng (both) chàng (to initiate) dài (replace) dàn (but) dào (fall) 仿 fǎng (to imitate) fèn (portion) gōng (to provide) (estimate) (what) hòu (wait) huà (to make into) huá (splendid) huā (flower) jiàn (healthy) liǎng (pair) mén (s) (you) rén (humane) shén (what) (he) wèi (position) xiān (immortal) xìn (letter) (night) 亿 (100,000,000) yōu (distant) zhí (value) zhù (to live) zhuàn (biography) zuò (to do) zuò (to make)
Also uses shǐ component: ǎi (low) hòu (wait) tiě (arms) (doctor) zhī (to know) (clan)

Different tone

hòu (behind) hòu (wait)

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侯门似海 hóu mén sì hǎi A very tough task. A nobleman in ancient China would have a courtyard house with high walls and no easy entry. In any case it was also hard to get the required invitation to visit such a noble. And so represents a high physical and social barrier.