shǒu head; chief; classifier for poems, songs etc

Made up of [ from; self; oneself radical 132]
Used as component in : dào
This measure word can be used with these nouns: (song) shī (poem)
Made with 9 strokes.
A picture of a head with nose and hair prominent

Related characters

Also uses component: xià (summer)

Sounds same

shǒu (hand) shǒu (hand)

Different tone

shòu (to receive)

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stroke order for 首
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畏首畏尾 wèi shǒu wèi wěi Nervous and afraid. Fearful at both the start and end of some event.