Meaning of 萎

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Pinyin: wěi
English Definition: to wither; to drop; to decline; spiritless; Taiwan pr. [wei1]
Chinese Definition:
Total strokes: 11; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (plant) conveys the meaning.
Character Formation:
  • Above to below
    • [ cǎo ] grass, weed, plant, herb
    • [ wěi ] to appoint, to commission, to send
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Example Words
萎缩 wěi suō to wither; to dry up (of a plant); to atrophy (of muscle, social custom etc)
枯萎 wěi to wilt; to wither; wilted; withered; drained; enervated; exhausted
萎靡 wěi dispirited; depressed
萎靡不振 wěi zhèn dispirited and listless (idiom); downcast
阳萎 yáng wěi impotence; also written 阳痿
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Example Sentences
The heat shrivelled up the grass.
She looked up and saw a withered tree with a few leaves still hanging on it.