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:
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
蔬菜 shū cài vegetables; Classifiers:
饭菜 fàn cài food
油菜 yóu cài oilseed rape (Brassica napus); flowering edible rape (Brassica chinensis var. oleifera)
白菜 bái cài Chinese cabbage; pak choi; Classifiers:
菜园 cài yuán vegetable garden
More: 菜* | *菜 | *菜*
Example Sentences
Do you enjoy this dish?
You know how much I love your food.
So none of us ever liked this diner?
I have ordered for you.
Why are there a lot more hot dishes than cold dishes in Chinese cuisine?