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I have seen an old and very rarely used character that consisted of four traditional dragons (龍). As I remember it meant "talkative."

That makes a total of 64 strokes, are there any other characters with more strokes?

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1. biang

Well, the first one that came to my mind is biang, as in "biang biang mian" - which a quick Wikipedia search shows has 58 strokes. This is still in some use (and I've seen it in restaurants), if that means anything to you. It is not, however, found in dictionaries.

biang

2. zhe

Sadly however, biang doesn't have the most strokes (although I would argue it's the most complex) - Wikipedia has a page on complex characters as well, and according to them zhe, meaning verbosity, was the most complex/has the most stroke orders - possibly the character you are referring to, as it is just long (龍) times four:

zhe

3. zheng

It also mentions zheng, another 64-strokes character meaning flourish, as being equally as complex:

zheng

The page on Wikipedia goes in to a lot more detail, so I suggest you check it out.

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    You could say that 'zhe' is in fact "really, really, really long". Jan 3 '12 at 9:29
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    I'm sad to admit I lol'ed at that.
    – Ciaocibai
    Jan 3 '12 at 9:39
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    Intriguingly, there exists characters all the way through from one to four 'long'. I guess they ran out of characters, and had to start getting 'long'er and 'long'er. Jan 3 '12 at 9:52
  • Made me giggle at work, funny stuff Jan 3 '12 at 10:56
  • @Ciaocibai great answer! And many thanks for the link to the article Jan 3 '12 at 10:57

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