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Made up of [ zhú bamboo radical 118, qián front; forward; ahead ]

Note

The 'qian' suggests the sound while 'bamboo' is what they were made from
Number of strokes: 15

Related characters


Also uses zhú component: bǐ (pen) dì (ordinal (1st,2nd)) kuài (chopsticks) suàn (calculate) xiào (smile)
Also uses qián component: jiǎn (scissors)

Sounds same

jiàn (healthy) jiàn (see) jiàn jiàn (to establish) jiàn (gap)

Different tone

jiān (narrow) jiān (difficult) jiān (between) jiǎn (scissors)

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Pronunciation

Sound file kindly provided by shtooka.net under a Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike License

Proverbs

箭在弦上,不得不发 jiàn zài xián shàng, bù dé bù fā Things have reached a point when its necessary for something to be done. No choice
明枪易躲,暗箭难防 míng qiāng yì duǒ, àn jiàn nán fáng It is difficult to guard against furtive attacks
一箭双雕 yī jiàn shuāng diāo Completing two (or more) tasks at the same time. A fortunate coincidence.

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