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Meaning of 甲

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Total strokes: 5; Radical: ; Structure: 曰 + 丨
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Pinyin: jiǎ
English Definition: first of the ten Heavenly Stems 十天干 ; (used for an unspecified person or thing); first (in a list, as a party to a contract etc); letter "A" or roman "I" in list "A, B, C", or "I, II, III" etc; armor plating; shell or carapace; (of the fingers or toes) nail; bladed leather or metal armor (old); ranking system used in the Imperial examinations (old); civil administration unit (old); ancient Chinese compass point: 75°
Chinese Definition:
①天干的第一位,用于作顺序第一的代称:甲子。花甲(六十岁的人)。
②居于首位的,超过所有其它的:甲等。
③古代科举考试成绩名次的分类:一甲(名为“进士及第”);二甲(名为“进士出身”);三甲(名为“同进士出身”)。
④古代军人打仗穿的护身衣服,用皮革或金属叶片制成:盔甲。甲兵。甲士。
⑤现代用金属做成有保护功能的装备:甲板。装甲车。
⑥某些动物身上有保护功能的硬壳:龟甲。
⑦手指或脚趾上的角质硬壳:指甲。
⑧旧时户口编制单位:保甲。甲长。
⑨植物果实的外壳:甲坼(外表裂开)。
⑩古同“胛”,肩胛。

Example Words:
甲烷 [ jiǎ wán ]: methane CH4
甲板 [ jiǎ bǎn ]: deck (of a boat etc)
甲状腺 [ jiǎ zhuàng xiàn ]: thyroid gland
穿山甲 [ chuān shān jiǎ ]: pangolin (Manis pentadactylata); scaly ant-eater
一甲 [ jiǎ ]: 1st rank or top three candidates who passed the imperial examination (i.e. 状元 , respectively)