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Pinyin: cái
English Definition: material; timber; ability; aptitude; a capable individual; coffin (old)
Chinese Definition:
①用本义。木材,木料。[合]木材;材器(材木与器物)。
②泛指原料、材料。[例]饬化八材。——《周礼·太宰》。注:“珠、象、玉、石、木、金、革、羽也。”[例]其材足以备器用。——《左传·隐公五年》。[例]献材于殡门外。——《仪礼·士丧礼》。注:“明器之材。”[合]钢材;器材;木材;就地取材。
③资料。[合]教材;题材;素材。
④人的体貌。[合]身材(身体的高矮和胖瘦)。
⑤资质;本能。[合]蠢材(笨家伙);因材施教。
⑥棺木。[合]寿材;材铺(棺材店)。
⑦通“才”。才能,能力。[例]任官惟材,左右惟其人。——《书·咸有一德》。[例]士脩身功材。——《管子·五辅》。注:“材谓艺能。”
⑧通“财”。财物。[例]广辟土地,著税伪材。——《墨子·公孟》。[例]知务本禁末之为多材也。——《荀子·君道》。[例]材伎之士。——《荀子·王制》。

Total strokes: 7; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (wood) conveys the meaning.
Character Formation:
  • Left to right
    • [ ] tree; wood, lumber; wooden
    • [ cái ] ability, talent, gift; just, only
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Example Words
材料 cái liào material; data; makings; stuff; Classifiers:
题材 cái subject matter
教材 jiào cái teaching material; Classifiers:
木材 cái wood
身材 shēn cái stature; build (height and weight); figure
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