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Meaning of 李

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Pinyin:
English Definition: surname Li; plum
Chinese Definition:
①落叶小乔木,果实称“李子”,熟时呈黄色或紫红色,可食:李代桃僵(原用“桃”“李”共患难来喻兄弟相爱相助,后喻互相顶替或代他人受过)。投桃报李。李下不正冠(喻要避免不必要的嫌疑)。桃李不言,下自成蹊(喻为人只要忠诚、正直一定会感动别人)。
②姓氏。
③古同“理”,古代法官的代称。

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:
李宗仁 [ zōng rén ]: Li Zongren (1891-1969), a leader of Guangxi warlord faction
李鹏 [ péng ]: Li Peng (1928-), leading PRC politician, prime minister 1987-1998, reportedly leader of the conservative faction advocating the June 1989 Tiananmen clampdown
李大钊 [ zhāo ]: Li Dazhao (1889-1927), early Chinese Marxist and founding member of the communist party
李鸿章 [ hóng zhāng ]: Li Hung-chang or Li Hongzhang (1823-1901), Qing dynasty general, politician and diplomat
李时珍 [ shí zhēn ]: Li Shizhen (1518-1593), Ming botanist and pharmacologist, author of Compendium of Medical Herbs 本草纲目
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