Meaning of 原

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Pinyin: yuán
English Definition: former; original; primary; raw; level; cause; source
Chinese Definition:

Total strokes: 10; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (cliff) conveys the meaning.
Character Formation:
  • Surround from upper left
    • [ chǎng ] cliff; factory, workshop; building
    • [ quán ] spring, fountain; wealth, money
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Example Words:
原因 [ yuán yīn ]: cause; origin; root cause; reason; Classifiers:
原来 [ yuán lái ]: original; former; originally; formerly; at first; so, actually, as it turns out
原谅 [ yuán liàng ]: to excuse; to forgive; to pardon
原则 [ yuán ]: principle; doctrine; Classifiers:
原料 [ yuán liào ]: raw material; Classifiers:
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