Meaning of 咳

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Total strokes: 9; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (mouth) conveys the meaning.
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    • [ kǒu ] mouth; entrance, gate, opening
    • [ hài ] 12th terrestrial branch; used in transliterations
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  • Pinyin:
    English Definition: cough
    Chinese Definition:
    Example Words:
    咳嗽 sou to cough; Classifiers:
    百日咳 bǎi whooping cough; pertussis
    咳痰 tán to cough up phlegm; to expectorate
    止咳 zhǐ to suppress coughing
    咳呛 qiàng (dialect) to cough
    More: 咳* | *咳 | *咳*
  • Pinyin: hāi
    English Definition: sound of sighing; (interjection expressing surprise, sorrow, regret, disappointment etc) oh; damn; wow
    Chinese Definition:

    Example Words:
    咳声叹气 hāi shēng tàn to sigh and moan (idiom)
    More: 咳* | *咳 | *咳*
Example Sentences
He's been coughing because of his sore throat.
I have been coughing for too long and need to see a doctor.
Symptoms of influenza include fever, cough, and headache.
He drank a cup of hot lemon water when he was coughing.
She has been coughing for several days, but hasn't gone to see a doctor yet.