měi beautiful

Made up of [ yáng sheep; goat radical 123, big; great; large; very radical 37]
Made with 9 strokes.
Represents a combination of 'large' and 'sheep' possibly aluding to a peaceful disposition

Related characters

Also uses yáng component: qún (group) xiān (fresh)
Also uses component: (husband) (do not) (strange) qìng (celebrate) shī (to lose) tài (too) tiān (sky) tóu (head) yāng (center) (barbarians)

Sounds same

měi (each)

Different tone

méi (have not) mèi (younger sister)

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stroke order for 美
Stroke order for character 美, kindly provided under Wikimedia creative commons license


十全十美 shí quán shí měi Perfection; faultless
黄粱美梦 huáng liáng měi mèng A fanciful day dream. The story is of a man who took a brief nap while his host was cooking a bowl of millet. He dreamed of becoming married to a beautiful wife and immensely rich and living to a great age. When he woke up the millet was cooked but he found he was still poor.


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