Aside from 一, 二 and 三 are there any other characters made from only horizontal 横 strokes?

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    Rest assured, those are the only three AFAIK
    – iBug
    Nov 18, 2019 at 14:04
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    I believe no. Characters made of vertical strokes is only 川
    – sylvia
    Nov 18, 2019 at 14:06
  • @Sylvia Thanks Sylvia. I don't think 川 has three vertical strokes though. It's 撇竖竖 if I'm not mistaken.
    – Kantura
    Nov 19, 2019 at 13:25
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    @Kantura Right, in that case, there is no. btw, it's 竖撇 竖 竖:)
    – sylvia
    Nov 19, 2019 at 15:05
  • @Sylvia I've never seen it called a 竖撇. I've only ever seen it called 撇. I can see where you're coming from though. But if you're going to add a bit of nuance to the kind of 撇 then why not do the same to the kinds of 竖. i.e. 竖撇 中竖 长竖 :) Reference 1 bihua.51240.com/e5b79d__bihuachaxun Reference 2 baike.baidu.com/item/丿/6436512
    – Kantura
    Nov 20, 2019 at 2:36

2 Answers 2


there is, also, this alternative character for 四.

𠄞 is an alternative form of 上.

𠄟 is an alternative form of 下.

𠄠 is an alternative form of 二 (and also apparently the Japanese Ditto mark).

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    All four characters you’ve listed are the original forms of the words they represent.
    – dROOOze
    Nov 19, 2019 at 0:14
  • OP was asking specifically for characters, not words. Nov 25, 2019 at 12:48
  • Uh. Sometimes characters and words are interchangeable?
    – Mou某
    Nov 25, 2019 at 14:08
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    @JohnFrazer If you were directing that comment at me, it is crucial to distinguish between words or morphemes and the representation of words or morphemes. Without a clear separation of this, one cannot hope to talk about character history properly. For example, characters can change while the morphemes/words they represent remains the same.
    – dROOOze
    Nov 28, 2019 at 7:43

It's probably not what the OP has in mind, but I'm going to give this as an answer (since the question wasn't limited to a particular writing style).


These are the eight ancient Chinese 八卦 (Bagua), also known as trigrams.

Going further, we have the King Wen sequence (文王卦序):


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