Meaning of 北

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Pinyin: běi
English Definition: north; (classical) to be defeated
Chinese Definition:

Total strokes: 5; Radical:
Pictographic: Two people sitting back-to-back; phonetic loan for "north"
Character Formation:
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    • [ ] spoon, ladle; knife, dirk
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Example Words
北京 běi jīng Beijing, capital of People's Republic of China; Peking; PRC government
东北 dōng běi Northeast China; Manchuria
东北 dōng běi northeast
北方 běi fāng north; the northern part a country; China north of the Yellow River
西北 běi Northwest China (Shaanxi, Gansu, Qinghai, Ningxia, Xinjiang)
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