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
If Professor Li should have time tomorrow, we could ask him some questions.
Grant and Lee are bracketed in history.
He replied, "Mr Li, my study performance is still so poor and I feel shameful before you.
We invited professor Li to give us music lessons.
While he struggled early with a couple of bad entry passes and forced shots, Lee showed by the end of the game why the Rockets have prized his services for years.