Meaning of 本

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Pinyin: běn
English Definition: root; stem; origin; source; this; the current; original; inherent; originally; classifier for books, periodicals, files etc
Total strokes: 5; Radical:
Ideographic: A tree with its roots highlighted
Character Formation:
  • Overlaid
    • [ ] tree; wood, lumber; wooden
    • [ ] one; a, an; alone
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Example Words:
笔记本 [ běn ]: notebook (stationery); Classifiers: ; notebook (computing)
本来 [ běn lái ]: original; originally; at first; it goes without saying; of course
基本 [ běn ]: basic; fundamental; main; elementary
根本 [ gēn běn ]: fundamental; basic; root; simply; absolutely (not); (not) at all; Classifiers:
本质 [ běn zhì ]: essence; nature; innate character; intrinsic quality
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