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Meaning of 元

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Pinyin: yuán
English Definition: currency unit (esp. Chinese yuan); first; original; primary; fundamental; constituent; part; era (of a reign); meta- (prefix); (math.) argument; variable; (Tw) (geology) eon
Chinese Definition:
①头、首、始、大:元凶。元首。元旦。元年。元勋。元帅。状元(科举考试第一名)。
②基本:单元。元件。元气(精气,根本)。元素。元音。
③同“圆”。
④未知数:一元二次方程。
⑤中国朝代名:元代。元曲。
⑥姓氏。
⑦古同“玄”,清代避康熙皇帝(玄烨)名讳,以“元”代“玄”。

Total strokes: 4; Radical:
Pictographic: A man with two lines emphasizing their head
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Example Words
美元 měi yuán American dollar; US dollar
欧元 ōu yuán euro (currency)
多元化 duō yuán huà diversification; pluralism; to diversify
元首 yuán shǒu head of state
元素 yuán element; element of a set; chemical element
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