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Meaning of 参

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(Trad.: 參)
Total strokes: 8; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (Three with accents to prevent forgery) conveys the meaning.
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      • [ ] private, secret
      • [ ] big, great, vast, high, deep
    • [ shān ] hair; sunlight
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  • Pinyin: cān

    English Definition: to take part in; to participate; to join; to attend; to counsel; unequal; varied; irregular; uneven; not uniform; abbr. for 参议院 Senate, Upper House
    Chinese Definition:
    ①加入在内:参加。参与。参政。参赛。参议。
    ②相间,夹杂:参杂。参半。
    ③检验,用其他有关材料来研究,考证某事物:参考。参照。参省(xǐng)(检验省察)。参看。参阅。参检。
    ④探究,领悟:参悟。参透。参破。参禅。
    ⑤旧指下级进见上级:参见。参拜。
    ⑥弹劾,向皇帝告状:参奏。参劾。参革。

    Example Words:
    参加 [ cān jiā ]: to participate; to take part; to join
    参观 [ cān guān ]: to look around; to tour; to visit
    参与 [ cān ]: to participate (in sth)
    参考 [ cān kǎo ]: consultation; reference; to consult; to refer
    参谋 [ cān móu ]: staff officer; to give advice
  • Pinyin: shēn

    English Definition: ginseng; one of the 28 constellations
    Chinese Definition:
    ①星名,二十八宿之一:参商(“参星”和“商星”,此出则彼没,两不相见;喻亲友隔离不得相见或彼此对立不和睦)。参辰卯酉(“辰星”即商星,参星酉时现于西方,辰星卯时出于东方;喻互不相关或势不两立)。
    ②中药名:人参。党参。

    Example Words:
    人参 [ rén shēn ]: ginseng
    丹参 [ dān shēn ]: Salvia miltiorrhiza
    参宿 [ shēn xiù ]: Three Stars (Chinese constellation)
    参宿七 [ shēn xiù ]: Rigel (star); lit. seventh star of the Three Stars Chinese constellation
    参茸 [ shēn róng ]: ginseng and young deer antler (used in TCM)
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