huà to draw; picture; painting

Made up of [ tián field radical 102, one radical 1, kǎn open box radical 17]
A measure word to use for this noun: zhāng
Alternative traditional form of character:
Made with 8 strokes.
Thinking of a field in a sort of frame gives the idea of a landscape painting

Related characters

Also uses tián component: chù (livestock) dài (to respect) diàn (electric) (rich) (good fortune) huáng (yellow) jiǎ (first in list) jiāng (border) lèi (tired) léi (thunder) (inside) māo (cat) (area) nán (male) shēn (to extend) (to think) yóu (to follow)
Also uses component: bǎi (hundred) bǐng (third in order) (no; not) chǒu (shameful) dàn (dawn) (virtue) huò (maybe) jiāng (border) kāi (begin) (beautiful) liǎng (pair) měng (Mongol) miè (to extinguish) qiě (and) shì (life) (to give) zài (again) zhèng (correct)
Also uses kǎn component: chū (go out) xiōng (vicious)

Sounds same

huà (speech) huà (to make into)

Different tone

huā (flower) huá (splendid)

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画饼充饥 huà bǐng chōng jī To act foolishly and ineffectively. Wasting time on fruitless projects
画蛇添足 huà shě tiān zú Ruin by over working something. Add superfluous detail. Too meticulous
画龙点睛 huà lóng diǎn jīng Make the final vital addition to complete something. Add finishing touches. The story is of a great painter who painted four dragons without completing the eyes. When challenged he claimed that it was to ensure they did not come to life and fly away. When pressured he drew in the eyes of two dragons and they promptly came to life and flew away.
画虎类犬 huà hǔ lèi quǎn Foolishly undertaking something over-ambitious and coming a cropper. Taking on something beyond your ability. Puffed up with self-conceit.