Meaning of 李

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English Definition: plum; surname Li
Chinese Definition:
Total strokes: 7; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (wood) conveys the meaning.
Character Formation:
  • Above to below
    • [ ] tree; wood, lumber; wooden
    • [ zi ] son, child; seed, egg; fruit; small thing
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Example Words
张冠李戴 zhāng guān dài lit. to put Zhang's hat on Li's head; to attribute sth to the wrong person (idiom); to confuse one thing with another
张三李四 zhāng sān Zhang the Third and Li the Fourth (idiom); Tom, Dick and Harry
投桃报李 tóu táo bào toss a peach, get back a plum (idiom); to return a favor; to exchange gifts; Scratch my back, and I'll scratch yours.
瓜田李下 guā tián xià abbr. for 瓜田不納履瓜田不纳履李下不整冠
李代桃僵 dài táo jiāng lit. the plum tree withers in place of the peach tree; to substitute one thing for another; to carry the can for sb
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Example Sentences
How much luggage can I bring?
Can we check our bags?
They took my luggage away by force.
Can you help me with my luggage, please?
I was dragging my suitcase along the road.