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Meaning of 眠

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Pinyin: mián
English Definition: to sleep; to hibernate
Chinese Definition:
①睡觉:安眠。长眠。失眠。
②某些动物一定时期内像睡眠那样不食不动:初眠。冬眠。
③倒卧:一日三眠三起。
④横放:“眠琴绿阴”。

Total strokes: 10; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (eye) conveys the meaning.
Character Formation:
  • Left to right
    • [ ] eye; to look, to see; division, topic
    • [ mín ] citizens, subjects; a nation's people
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Example Words:
失眠 [ shī mián ]: to suffer from insomnia
睡眠 [ shuì mián ]: sleep; to sleep; (computing) to enter sleep mode
催眠 [ cuī mián ]: hypnosis
不眠不休 [ mián xiū ]: without stopping to sleep or have a rest (idiom)
休眠火山 [ xiū mián huǒ shān ]: dormant volcano
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