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Meaning of 李

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Pinyin:
English Definition: surname Li; plum
Chinese Definition:
①落叶小乔木,果实称“李子”,熟时呈黄色或紫红色,可食:李代桃僵(原用“桃”“李”共患难来喻兄弟相爱相助,后喻互相顶替或代他人受过)。投桃报李。李下不正冠(喻要避免不必要的嫌疑)。桃李不言,下自成蹊(喻为人只要忠诚、正直一定会感动别人)。
②姓氏。
③古同“理”,古代法官的代称。

Total strokes: 7; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (wood) conveys the meaning.
Character Formation:
  • Above to below
    • [ ] tree; wood, lumber; wooden
    • [ zi ] son, child; seed, egg; fruit; small thing
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Example Words
张冠李戴 zhāng guān dài lit. to put Zhang's hat on Li's head; to attribute sth to the wrong person (idiom); to confuse one thing with another
张三李四 zhāng sān Zhang the Third and Li the Fourth (idiom); Tom, Dick and Harry
投桃报李 tóu táo bào toss a peach, get back a plum (idiom); to return a favor; to exchange gifts; Scratch my back, and I'll scratch yours.
瓜田李下 guā tián xià abbr. for 瓜田不納履瓜田不纳履李下不整冠
李代桃僵 dài táo jiāng lit. the plum tree withers in place of the peach tree; to substitute one thing for another; to carry the can for sb
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