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Meaning of 药

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(Trad.: 藥)
Pinyin: yào
English Definition: medicine; drug; substance used for a specific purpose (e.g. poisoning, explosion, fermenting); Classifiers: ; to poison
Chinese Definition:
①可以治病的东西:药材。药物。补药。毒药。草药。中药。西药。药剂。药膳。药到病除。良药苦口。
②有一定作用的化学物品:火药。炸药。杀虫药。
③用药物救治:不可救药。
④毒死:药老鼠。
⑤古同“约”,缠。
⑥草名,即“白芷”。

Total strokes: 9; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (plant) conveys the meaning.
Character Formation:
  • Above to below
    • [ cǎo ] grass, weed, plant, herb
    • [ yuē ] treaty, covenant, agreement
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Example Words:
火药 [ huǒ yào ]: gunpowder
药物 [ yào ]: medicaments; pharmaceuticals; medication; medicine; drug
农药 [ nóng yào ]: agricultural chemical; farm chemical; pesticide
药品 [ yào pǐn ]: medicaments; medicine; drug
医药 [ yào ]: medical care and medicines; medicine (drug); medical; pharmaceutical
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