Meaning of 卯

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Pinyin: mǎo
English Definition: mortise (slot cut into wood to receive a tenon); 4th earthly branch: 5-7 a.m., 2nd solar month (6th March-4th April), year of the Rabbit; ancient Chinese compass point: 90° (east); variant of ; to exert one's strength
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Example Words
寅吃卯粮 yín chī mǎo liáng lit. eating away next year's food in advance; fig. to dip into the next month's check; live now, pay later
点卯 diǎn mǎo morning roll call
卯榫 mǎo sǔn mortise and tenon (slot and tab forming a carpenter's joint)
丁卯 dīng mǎo fourth year D4 of the 60 year cycle, e.g. 1987 or 2047
乙卯 mǎo fifty-second year B4 of the 60 year cycle, e.g. 1975 or 2035
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