Meaning of 堑

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(Trad.: 塹)
Pinyin: qiàn
English Definition: moat around a city
Chinese Definition:

Total strokes: 11; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (earth) conveys the meaning.
Character Formation:
  • Above to below
    • [ zhǎn ] to chop, to cut, to sever; to behead
    • [ ] soil, earth; items made of earth
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Example Words
天堑难渡 tiān qiàn nán Natural barriers are insurmountable. (idiom)
吃一堑,长一智 chī qiàn , zhǎng zhì Fall into the moat and you'll be wiser next time (idiom); One only learns from one's mistakes.
东非大地堑 dōng fēi qiàn Great East African rift valley
地堑 qiàn trench, rift valley
深堑高垒 shēn qiàn gāo lěi strong defense works (idiom)
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