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Pinyin: xiù
English Definition: handsome; refined; elegant; graceful; superior; show (loanword); Classifiers: ; (literary) to grow; to bloom; (of crops) to produce ears
Chinese Definition:
①植物吐穗开花,多指庄稼:秀穗。秀而不实(喻人很聪明,却未做出实际成绩)。苗而不秀(喻人早死或虚有其表)。
②特别优异的,亦指特别优异的人:秀异。秀才。优秀。后起之秀。
③美丽而不俗气:秀丽。秀劲。秀俊。秀拔(秀丽而挺拔)。清秀。秀外慧中(外貌俊美,内心聪明)。
④中国元明两代称贵族、官僚、富室子弟(称平民子弟为“郎”):不郎不秀(喻不成材或没出息)。
⑤茂盛:佳木秀而繁荫。

Total strokes: 7; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (flower) conveys the meaning.
Character Formation:
  • Above to below
    • [ ] cereal, grain, rice; plant, stalk
    • [ nǎi ] then; really, indeed, after all
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Example Words
优秀 yōu xiù outstanding; excellent
秀美 xiù měi elegant; graceful
秀丽 xiù pretty; beautiful
清秀 qīng xiù delicate and pretty
山清水秀 shān qīng shuǐ xiù lit. verdant hills and limpid water (idiom); fig. enchanting scenery
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