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Pinyin: xiāo
English Definition: to disappear; to vanish; to eliminate; to spend (time); have to; need
Chinese Definition:
①溶化,散失:烟消云散。消融(亦作“消溶”)。消失。消逝。消亡。消沉。消极。消化。
②灭掉,除去:消除。消灭。消毒。消炎。
③把时间度过去:消夜。消夏。消闲。消遣。消磨。
④减少,损失,耗费:消耗。消损。消退。
⑤需要:不消说。
⑥中医学病名:消疾。消渴。

Total strokes: 10; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (water) conveys the meaning.
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Example Words:
消息 [ xiāo xi ]: news; information; Classifiers:
消费 [ xiāo fèi ]: to consume; to spend
消失 [ xiāo shī ]: to disappear; to fade away
消化 [ xiāo huà ]: to digest; digestion; digestive
消极 [ xiāo ]: negative; passive; inactive
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