Meaning of 咸

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(Trad.: 鹹)
Pinyin: xián
English Definition: salted; salty; stingy; miserly; all; everyone; each; widespread; harmonious
Chinese Definition:
Total strokes: 9; Radical:
Ideographic: One voice surrounded by conflict
Character Formation:
  • Surround from above
    • [ ] 5th heavenly stem
    • Above to below
      • [ ] one; a, an; alone
      • [ kǒu ] mouth; entrance, gate, opening
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Example Words
咸菜 xián cài salted vegetables; pickles
咸鱼 xián salted fish
咸淡 xián dàn salty and unsalty (flavors); degree of saltiness; brackish (water)
咸肉 xián ròu bacon; salt-cured meat
咸水湖 xián shuǐ salt lake
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Example Sentences
This dish is a bit salty.
This dish is a little bit salty.
I don't like food that is too salty.
This soup hasn't been salted, it's a bit unsalty.
The taste of this soup seems a bit salty.