Meaning of 北

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Pinyin: běi
English Definition: north; to be defeated (classical)
Chinese Definition:

Total strokes: 5; Radical:
Pictographic: Two people 匕 sitting back-to-back; phonetic loan for "north"
Character Formation:
  • Left to right
    • spoon, ladle; knife, dirk
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Example Words:
北京人 [ běi jīng rén ]: Beijing resident; Peking ape-man, Homo erectus pekinensis (c. 600,000 BC), discovered in 1921 at Zhoukoudian 周口店 , Beijing
北极 [ běi ]: the North Pole; the Arctic Pole; the north magnetic pole
南辕北辙 [ nán yuán běi zhé ]: to act in a way that defeats one's purpose (idiom)
北方 [ běi fāng ]: north; the northern part a country; China north of the Yellow River
北京 [ běi jīng ]: Beijing, capital of People's Republic of China; Peking; PRC government
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