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Meaning of 衍

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Pinyin: yǎn
English Definition: to spread out; to develop; to overflow; to amplify; superfluous
Chinese Definition:
①延长,开展:衍绎。衍生。推衍。展衍。敷衍。衍生物。
②多余的(指文字):衍文(书籍中因缮写、刻板、排版错误而多出来的字句)。
③低而平坦之地:衍沃(土地平坦肥美。亦作“沃衍”)。

Total strokes: 9; Radical:
Ideographic: Water going in all directions
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Example Words
敷衍 yǎn to elaborate (on a theme); to expound (the classics); perfunctory; to skimp; to botch; to do sth half-heartedly or just for show; barely enough to get by
繁衍 fán yǎn to multiply; to reproduce; to increase gradually in number or quantity
衍生 yǎn shēng to give rise to; to derive; derivative; derivation
衍射 yǎn shè diffraction
敷衍了事 yǎn liǎo shì to do things half-heartedly; to merely go through the motions
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