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Pinyin: běn
English Definition: root; stem; origin; source; this; the current; original; inherent; originally; classifier for books, periodicals, files etc
Chinese Definition:
①草木的根:本草(泛指中药)。无本之木。
②事物的根源,与“末”相对:本末(头尾;始终)。根本(根源;彻底;本质上)。
③草的茎,树的干:草本植物。
④中心的,主要的:本部。本体。
⑤原来:本来。本领。
⑥自己这方面的:本国。本身。本位。本分(fèn)。
⑦原末标。

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Total strokes: 5; Radical:
Ideographic: A tree 木 with its roots highlighted
Character Formation:
  • Overlaid
    • tree; wood, lumber; wooden
    • one; a, an; alone
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Example Words:
低成本 [ chéng běn ]: low cost; inexpensive
本身 [ běn shēn ]: itself; in itself; per se
成本 [ chéng běn ]: (manufacturing, production etc) costs
资本 [ běn ]: capital (economics)
本人 [ běn rén ]: the person himself; I (humble form used in speeches); oneself; myself; in person; personal
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