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Meaning of 魏

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Pinyin: wèi
English Definition: surname Wei; name of vassal state of Zhou dynasty from 661 BC in Shanxi, one of the Seven Hero Warring States; Wei state, founded by Cao Cao 曹操 , one of the Three Kingdoms after the Han dynasty; the Wei dynasty 221-265; Wei prefecture and Wei county at different historical periods; tower over a palace gateway (old)
Chinese Definition:
①古代宫门上的楼台:魏阙(古代宫门上所建的巍然高出的台阙,因下边两旁有悬布法令的地方,所以亦用来代指朝廷)。
②中国周代诸侯国名,在今河南省北部、陕西省东部、山西省西南部和河北省南部等地。
③中国历史上的三国之一。
④中国历史上的北朝之一:北魏。魏碑(北朝碑刻的统称)。
⑤姓氏。

Total strokes: 17; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (ghost) conveys the meaning.
Character Formation:
  • Left to right
    • [ wěi ] to appoint, to commission, to send
    • [ guǐ ] ghost; demon; sly, mischievous
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Example Words
北魏 běi wèi Wei of the Northern Dynasties (386-534), founded by the Tuoba 拓跋 branch of Xianbei 鲜卑
东魏 dōng wèi Eastern Wei of the Northern dynasties (534-550), formed from the break-up of Wei of the Northern Dynasties 北魏
西魏 wèi Western Wei of the Northern dynasties (535-557), formed from the break-up of Wei of the Northern Dynasties 北魏
围魏救赵 wéi wèi jiù zhào lit. to besiege (idiom); fig. to relieve a besieged ally by attacking the home base of the besiegers
后魏 hòu wèi Wei of the Northern Dynasties 386-534
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