huí to circle; to go back; to turn around

Made up of [ kǒu mouth radical 30, wéi proud; enclosure; upright radical 31]
Made with 6 strokes.
A picture of a whirlpool suggesting going around in a circle to original place. Also used informally as the number of times something happens rather like 'many happy returns' in English.

Related characters

Also uses kǒu component: (supposition or suggestion) chàng (to sing) chāo (to exceed) chī (to eat) chuán (boat) fēi (coffee) (rich) (good fortune) gào (to tell) (each) gōng (palace) gǒu (dog) (ancient) hāi (sound of sighing) hào (name) (together) (to close) (drink) hēng (prosperous) hòu (behind) huò (maybe) (lucky) jiào (called) jīng (capital) jiù (fault) (sentence) (office) jūn (monarch) (coffee) (can) lìng (other) (?) mìng (life) míng (name) míng (to call (birds)) ne (and you?) (hops) pǐn (article) (as) shàng (still) shì (matter) shǐ (history) suī (although) tái (typhoon) táng (Tang) tīng (to listen) tóng (same) wèn (ask) (to be fond of) xiōng (elder brother) yǎo (to bite) yòu (right) (language) yuán (person) yuē (to speak) zhān (to observe) zhī (one) zhī (to know) zhōu (circuit) (foot)
Also uses wéi component: (hard) guó (country) miàn (face) (four) yuán (park) zhōng (centre)

Different tone

huī (emblem) huǐ (to regret) huì (can)

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stroke order for 回
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好马不吃回头草 hǎo mǎ bù chī huí tóu cǎo Pride may forbid a person going back to his home town after failure. Do not dwell on past actions, progress forward
起死回生 qǐ sǐ huí shēng Amazing recovery from illness. Said of a doctor who has brought someone back from a terminal condition.