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Glyph origin of 皆?

Currently at the moment finding out the origin of character 皆 (jiē; all, every, everybody). Just from reading it's entry on 說文解證 and according to 漢語多功能字庫, it states that the oracle bone script ...
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I need help: how to describe a Chinese LOGO without the picture

I am helping a liquor(baijiu) brand translate some materials for design competitions in UK, and I met difficulties when describing the details of the LOGO design. In the picture is a part of the ...
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How did 發 and 髮 got written as 发 in simplified form?

Came across the character 发 (fā/fà; issue, dispatch, send out / hair) recently and I checked their traditional forms 發 and 髮. I wanted to know more about how 發 (fā; issue, dispatch, send out, emit [...
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When years are (or were) written using Hanzi numerals, what are the usual variants/options?

I believe that these days, years would be written almost all of the time using Western/Arabic numerals in the Gregorian calendar. But they must sometimes be written using the Hanzi numerals, e.g. in ...
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Explanation for 士 character form: axe or farming hoe?

One popular explanation for the origin of the 士 character is that it originally shared virtually the same form as the 王 character (see forms circled in red below), where 王 depicts a broad axe and ...
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Glyph origin of 平?

I am currently doing my research right now for the glyph origin of the character 平 (píng; flat, even, level; peaceful) (Baxter-Sagart OC: /*breŋ/) and I would like to know what the origin of this ...
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Can anyone help me translate the inscription located on the back of my Chinese coin?

I have not been successful in my search to find another coin with an identical matching inscription. What is the interpretation?
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What exactly is the difference between 哲 and 喆?

I'm also interested in knowing the connotations and whether those terms are associated with specific dialects. Would the average mainland speaker know 喆?
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Glyph origin of component 龺?

Recently after I've happened to come across the component 倝 (gàn; sunrise, dawn) (Baxter-Sagart OC: *[k]ˤar-s), I was curious about the left component, or 龺, since I've also seen this component in ...
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Teapot signature/symbol/character

Could anyone tell me what this symbol at the bottom of a teapot stands for? Thank you![This is a tea set I found in my mother’s house a few years ago]
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Could this kind of a component-based null cipher be possible in Chinese?

I'm writing a story set partially in historic China, and it involves a network of secret agents who seek to communicate over the mail in innocuous-looking letters. So I need a description of a pen-and-...
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Where can I find a database of all recorded 姓?

I can't read or write Chinese well, so this question is perhaps easy to search for if you do. So far I have had no luck. I am looking for a list of all recorded Chinese last names (or at least the ...
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Glyph origin of 蝠

Wiktionary states that 蝠 was originally a pictogram in the oracle bone and bronze scripts before changing to a phono-semantic compound (semantic 虫 + phonetic 畐). In a case like this, are the ...
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Who created Chinese Characters? (for facts or historical records)

Who created Chinese Characters? This question is for facts or historical records, not opinions. It may not be created by one person at one time, because if so, why are there so many repeated ...
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How to type this character from 汉字大字典 in my computer?

Today I was looking at 汉字大字典 and found this character in page 2000. I wanted to type that character in my computer. I used this page to look up the character through its radical (in radical 毛), ...
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Chinese character, wa in pinyin, meaning to jump

In the martial arts form known as Liuhebafa, there are eight external methods. The seventh method is Wa Qian “Jumping and Bridging.” The Chinese character for “bridging” is, I think, 橋. But I can’t ...
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Characters with only one possible next character

In English, when one encounters "q", it is almost certain that the next letter will be a "u". I am looking for a similar situation in Chinese. Is there a character A which is ...
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Help finding the artist

I was given a painted scroll and would like some help in identifying the artist and finding out if it is of any value.
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I'm an artist/writer and I need to know if this name is okay?

(Apologies if the question is inappropriate I did try and find an answer myself but I kept being lead back here to ask) I'm creating a Chinese character with the Cantonese dialect and I've named her ...
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Why does「远」have difficulty displaying?

I have noticed that「远」often has difficulty displaying in Chinese subtitles. It is usually replaced with □ - a white box used for a missing or unsupported Unicode character. If the character was part ...
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What is the most complex Chinese character? [duplicate]

Several years ago, I worked for a firm where I needed to show Chinese characters, and apparently the more complex ones were not clearly displayed. While solving that problem, I needed a test character ...
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What is 冎's history and its relation to 骨 and 剮?

I am currently studying the character 冎 and I found two interesting facts about it (reference): It is the pictographic protoform of 骨 It is an ancient form of 剮 So from the facts above, I made a ...
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What are the two original bigrams for 拥戴 if the do exists

"拥戴" is probably a condensed version of two other bigrams, however I couldn't figure them out. Maybe someone out there can help me with this. 谢谢
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Sequence of Chinese characters for keeping track of days of the year

I wonder whether anyone has knowledge of any sequence of Chinese characters used for describing such a list (one character for each of the 365 days in a year). Such a list could be memorized by people ...
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Unknown reference in Taiwanese manhua “日和迷因”

In a manga, I have seen a note Apparently, somethings "comes from" something else - from 日和迷因。Is it a meme (迷因)?What kind of meme? Is it from something different? Probably a reference to ...
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Does 纬哲/纬喆 mean 'threads of wisdom', 'weaving widsom' or something similar?

纬 seems to mean latitude or weft/woof but I am not sure if it would work in this way with the second meaning As an additional question, would 炜喆 mean brilliant wisdom? Is the character 炜 a character ...
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Is 那 often used as a conjunction?

Still forwarding on my lexicon, i am wondering about the use of 那 as a conjunction meaning " then, in that case ". Is it really often used in that usage in modern Chinese ? There are other ...
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I am trying to understand 写

冖 + 与 = 写。how does mi and yu become xie? Mi is the cover radical and Yu means and; with; to; for; give, grant according to Pleco.
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Is there a list of normalized character decomposition (𧾷 to 足, 龰 to 止, etc.)?

I tried .txt of each files in CHISE IDS (https://www.chise.org/ids/) but it seems that most of the components are not normalized. Is there any work that has normalized the characters in IDS?
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PY, JP, and HZ in Pleco dictionary

I was wondering what PY, JP, and HZ stand for in the Pleco dictionary for Android. I think, PY probably stands for pinyin. HZ probably stands for hanzi, but I don't understand, why sometimes HZ ...
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Why 瞋 displayed different than its components sometimes

The description says it's 目 + 真 But in places the same unicode rendered the character next to 目 into nothing like 真. The other form is like the drawing in this screenshot. Anyone knows why?
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Can't understand the character used in manhua (Character identified: 啪)

Please help me recognise the character used in this screenshot! It's so hard for me 😭 I'm reading "夫人她成了大佬们的团宠" if anyone will be interested 😊 Thanks everyone in advance!
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Pronounced 麼 as mo?

In Taiwan, how common is it to pronounce 麼 as 'mo', in words like 什麼, 怎麼, 那麼, etc... I know 麼 means small or tiny when pronounced as 'mó' in Standard Mandarin, and when in the words above, it's ...
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What is with the characters 覆, 復, 複, 复? Are they all the same ? They appears to have overlapping meanings in dictionaries but not 100% equivalent

What is with the characters 覆, 復, 複, 复? Are they all the same? They appears to have overlapping meanings in dictionaries but not 100% equivalent for some reason. Normally characters may have 1 ...
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Writer looking for Chinese name for a character

I'm writing a novel and I have a character that is of Chinese descent. The story takes place centuries into the future on another planet with only a handful (few several thousand) humans left. Of ...
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Please Help Translate Seal Script on Old stone carving , Thank you

Hello, Any help to translate would be appreciated , I have a very old stone carving and I think it relates to maybe a marraige . But I would love to know the words , Thanks ahead for any help.
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Is 泵 the only transliterated loanword with its own logogram in all of Chinese?

Phonetic transliterations of foreign words are not uncommon in Mandarin, e.g. 沙发 for "sofa", 逻辑 for "logic", etc. Much less common are what I would call "transliterated ...
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How do online stroke order dictionaries render intermediate stages?

How does software like https://www.an2.net/zi/ and other stroke order dictionaries and practice tools (including authoritative sources like Taiwan's MoE) know how to generate the iterative images of ...
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Derivation of the character for "hydrogen" in Chinese?

**Why downvoted? I think the good answers I got indicate that it was a reasonable question and beyond the ability of a beginner in Chinese such as myself to research online. Maybe this can be ...
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Seeking Help Deciphering Characters on Small (Lead?) Vase with Teapot Enclosed

I have no skill in reading Chinese characters (hopefully someday) and would be grateful if anyone can help me decipher the writing on this object, which belonged to my grandparents. They traveled to ...
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Please help figure out names of Chinese artists by their seals!

helping a friend figure out who painted these works and wondering if anyone can decipher the characters in the seals. Thanks!
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Are there any datasets or spreadsheets that contain the most popular Chinese characters and their components?

I'm trying to build a program to help me study Chinese, and one way that helps me remember characters is dividing them into components. I'm using a website called dictionary.writechinese.com to do ...
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Why does 即使 mean even if?

Usually when two characters combine I can puzzle through how they obtained their combined meaning. However, even after years of study I have no idea why 即使 means even if. I’m looking to better ...
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What is the distinction between "连笔字" and "行书"?

I see that "连笔字" refers to "not lifting your pen from the paper while writing" (from ArchChinese) and 行书 refers to semi-cursive. Is there a distinction between them, or are they ...
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Has anyone seen the word or the characters in the word "𠄑𠄍" used before?

According to Wiktionary, 𠄑𠄍 is an adjective pronounced "juéjié" in Mandarin and means "moving"(https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/𠄑𠄍#Chinese). Somebody on the page has hypothesized ...
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What is the Chinese translation for the term "Gee Joon" in Pai Gow?

Wikipedia doesn't provide the translation for "Gee Joon" in English, and on the Chinese version, it gives the terms 至尊宝,猴王對,皇帝,and 至尊天九, which don't seem to match the transliteration (https:/...
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Is the character "厹," meaning "lecher," commonly used by speakers of any Chinese dialect?

I've seen this character used to mean "狗公" (“pervert; lecher”) in Cantonese, according to Wiktionary, and pronounced gau2 gung1, as though the single character is representing two characters ...
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Can anyone help me by translating the characters in this image?

These characters located at the bottom right corner of my silk painting, consist of a seal (which I believe could be the artist's chop) and cursive script located above the seal. I used filters to ...
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How do you write "yi ga shi duo" (Wu dialect)?

Either Han characters or a standard romanization would do. Thanks!
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Meaning of one seal and characters on my Chinese painting?

I have previously received great help here on discovering the meaning of characters and seals on a pair of Chinese paintings I own. I also own a third Chinese painting which I've always wondered what ...
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