Meaning of 胎

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Pinyin: tāi
English Definition: fetus; classifier for litters (of puppies etc); padding (in clothing or bedding); womb carrying a fetus; (fig.) origin; source; (loanword) tire
Chinese Definition:
Total strokes: 9; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (flesh) conveys the meaning.
Character Formation:
  • Left to right
    • meat, flesh; organic compound
    • [ tái ] platform; unit; term of address
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Example Words
胚胎 pēi tāi embryo
轮胎 lún tāi tire; pneumatic tire
胎儿 tāi ér unborn child; fetus; embryo
脱胎换骨 tuō tāi huàn to shed one's mortal body and exchange one's bones (idiom); born again Daoist; to turn over a new leaf; fig. to change wholly; to create from other material (story, artwork etc)
双胞胎 shuāng bāo tāi twin; Classifiers:
More: 胎* | *胎 | *胎*
Example Sentences
Couples who are both only children can also have a second child.
If this is not your first child, you' ll need to make arrangements for someone to watch your other kids when you go into labor.
Janet: No, our cat had a litter for four and she's the only one left.
The rising cost of housing and education leaves many urban couples uninterested in the big families of their ancestors, but many would still like a second child.
I'm very happy with today's lap time with the qualifying tyre, but we need to improve the pace with race tyres.