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Meaning of 菜

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Pinyin: cài
English Definition: dish (type of food); vegetable; cuisine; Classifiers: , ; (coll.) (one's) type; (of one's skills etc) weak; poor
Chinese Definition:
①供作副食品的植物:菜市。白菜。菠菜。野菜。蔬菜。面有菜色。
②主食以外的食品:菜牛。菜畜。菜肴。菜谱。名菜。

Total strokes: 11; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (plant) conveys the meaning.
Character Formation:
  • Above to below
    • [ cǎo ] grass, weed, plant, herb
    • [ cǎi ] to collect, to gather; to pick, to pluck
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Example Words:
菜单 [ cài dān ]: menu; Classifiers:
蔬菜 [ shū cài ]: vegetables; Classifiers:
冰菜 [ bīng cài ]: ice plant (Mesembryanthemum crystallinum)
白菜 [ bái cài ]: Chinese cabbage; pak choi; Classifiers:
饭菜 [ fàn cài ]: food
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