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The Chinese word 狗 is analysed below into its constituent words and the words into radicals. By seeing the breakdown of the word in this way you can more easily learn and recognise the word.


Component Pinyin Meanings
gǒu 1. dog
2. (offensive) despicable; nasty
      男女 - couple in an illicit love affair
3. to flatter

狗 ⇨ 犭 + 句
Component Pinyin Meanings
quǎn 1. usage. 犬 is the 94th radical in the Chinese dictionary. Compound characters such as 狇 mostly use the alternative form at the left of the character. Most represent something to do with dogs or other animals.
2. (archaic, Min Dong, dialectal Wu) dog
1. sentence; phrase
      一共 。 - He didn't say much. lit. He didn't many sentences.

句 ⇨ 勹 + 口
Component Pinyin Meanings
bāo 1. wrap
kǒu 1. usage. Shuōwén Jiězì radical №22
2. usage. This character (口) is used within characters; if a square is instead used as an enclosure (around) a character, then the character 囗 is used instead.
3. mouth
      。 - Rinse your mouth out.
4. entrance; opening; mouth (of an object)
     入口 - entrance
     出口 - exit
5. hole; cut
     口子zi - hole
     傷口 - wound
6. government organ; department
      可以 ? - Can I have a bite?