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Meaning of 寅

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Pinyin: yín
English Definition: 3rd earthly branch: 3-5 a.m., 1st solar month (4th February-5th March), year of the Tiger; ancient Chinese compass point: 60°
Chinese Definition:
①地支的第三位,属虎:寅吃卯粮(喻入不敷出)。
②用于计时:寅时(夜三点至五点)。
③敬:寅钱(恭敬地送)。寅畏(敬畏)。

Total strokes: 11; Radical:
Character Formation:
  • Above to below
    • [gàimian2] roof; house
    • Above to below
      • Above to below
      • [ ] eight; all around, all sides
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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
寅时 yín shí 3-5 am (in the system of two-hour subdivisions used in former times)
唐寅 táng yín Tang Bohu 唐伯虎 or Tang Yin (1470-1523), Ming painter and poet, one of Four great southern talents of the Ming 江南四大才子
寅虎 yín Year 3, year of the Tiger (e.g. 2010)
甲寅 jiǎ yín 51st year A3 of the 60 year cycle, e.g. 1974 or 2034
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