mài sell

Made up of [ shí ten; 10 radical 24, tóu head , hidden; concealed; small radical 5]
Similar looking characters : mǎi (buy)
Alternative traditional form of character:
Made with 8 strokes.
Originally the complex form combined 'output' and 'goods' to give concept of 'sell'. In the seal form it has 'cowrie' for money and 'net' to carry the goods away in
Ancient small seal form Small seal

Related characters

Also uses shí component: bàn (half) (virtue) dùn (shield) (ancient) huá (splendid) nán (south) (hops) shén (what) (noon) zài (to carry) zǎo (early) zhí (straight) zhī (to support)
Also uses tóu component: mǎi (buy) shí (real)
Also uses component: chī (to eat) (why) jiǔ (nine) kǒng (great) (ceremony) lìng (to order) luàn (in confusion or disorder) mǎi (buy) (to practice) (also) 亿 (100,000,000) (skill) (to recollect) (to use)

Different tone

mǎi (buy)

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挂羊头卖狗肉 guà yáng tóu mài gǒu ròu Deceiving people into believing you are selling something much less valuable than it appears to be. A con trick. Dishonest advertising.