Meaning of 壳

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(Trad.: 殼)
Pinyin: qiào
English Definition: shell; carapace; crust (earth's crust etc); also pr. [ke2]
Chinese Definition:
Total strokes: 7; Radical:
Ideographic: A shell discarded by a soldier
Character Formation:
  • Above to below
    • [ shì ] scholar, gentleman; soldier
    • [ rǒng ] excessive; superfluous
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Example Words
地壳 qiào the Earth's crust
躯壳 qiào the body (housing the soul)
甲壳 jiǎ qiào carapace; crust; outer shell; also pr. [jia3 ke2]
金蝉脱壳 jīn chán tuō qiào lit. the cicada sheds its carapace (idiom); fig. to vanish leaving an empty shell; a crafty escape plan
壳牌 qiào pái see 壳牌公司
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Example Sentences
Please look after my children.
The shell of this toy is made of plastic.
Kids love picking up seashells on the beach.
I picked up a beautiful seashell on the beach.
There's a Pikachu sticker on Tom's phone case.