Meaning of 竽

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English Definition: free reed wind instrument similar to the sheng , used in ancient China
Chinese Definition:
Total strokes: 9; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (flute) conveys the meaning.
Character Formation:
  • Above to below
    • [ zhú ] bamboo; flute
    • [ ] at, in, on; to, from; alas!
Similar Characters: 竿
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Example Words
滥竽充数 làn chōng shù lit. to play the yu mouth organ to make up numbers (idiom); fig. to make up the numbers with inferior products; to masquerade as having an ability; token member of a group
滥竽 làn indiscriminately included in company (without any qualification); see 滥竽充数
吹竽手 chuī shǒu player of the yu (free reed wind instrument)
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Example Sentences
Once , there was an old king . He liked listening to Yu(a Chinese traditional instrument) very much , and he liked to let the players play together .
King Min also enjoyed listening to the yu. Unlike his father, he preferred listening to the musicians playing solo.
On Apr 07, 2007, Beijing China, a street artist playing a musical instrument called "Xu" in the underground passage.
He would order 300 musicians at a time to play the Yu for him.
The king treated his musician very well. A man named Nanguo heard about that and he managed to become a member of the band, even though he wan not good at playing the instrument at all.