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Meaning of 雁

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Pinyin: yàn
English Definition: wild goose
Chinese Definition:
①鸟类的一属,形状略像鹅,群居水边,飞时排列成行:雁行(háng)。雁序。雁阵(雁行整齐,如同军队布阵)。雁过拔毛(喻为牟利不放过任何机会)。
Total strokes: 12; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (bird) conveys the meaning.
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Example Words
大雁 yàn wild goose; Classifiers:
鸿雁 hóng yàn (bird species of China) swan goose (Anser cygnoides)
孤雁 yàn a lonely wild goose; a solitary wild goose
雁过拔毛 yàn guò máo lit. to grab feathers from a flying goose; fig. to seize any opportunity; pragmatic
沉鱼落雁 chén luò yàn lit. fish sink, goose alights (idiom, from Zhuangzi 庄子 ); fig. female beauty captivating even the birds and beasts
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