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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°
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)