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Meaning of 祖

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Pinyin:
English Definition: ancestor; forefather; grandparents
Chinese Definition:
①父亲的上一辈:祖父。祖考。祖母。祖妣。
②称与祖父同辈的人:外祖父。外祖母。
③先代:祖宗。祖业。祖制。祖祭。祖国。
④初,开始:鼻祖。
⑤某种事业或派别的创始人:祖师。
⑥出行时祭路神,引申为送行:“五月金陵西,祖余白下亭”。祖饯。
⑦姓氏。

Total strokes: 9; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (spirit) conveys the meaning.
Character Formation:
  • Left to right
    • [ shì ] spirit
    • [ qiě ] moreover, also (post-subject); about to, will soon (pre-verb)
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Example Words
祖国 guó motherland
祖父 father's father; paternal grandfather
祖先 xiān ancestor; forebears
祖宗 zōng ancestor; forebear
祖母 father's mother; paternal grandmother
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