首

Meta:

  1. 首 is the 481st most frequent character.
  2. 首 has 1 dictionary entry.
  3. 首 appears as a character in 71 words.
  4. 首 appears as a component in 5 characters.

Decomposition:

Once :
首 => 䒑, 自
Radical :
首 => 首 (head)
Graphical :
首 => 丷, 一, 口, 二, 丶

Pinyin & Meaning:

  1. shou3 - head/chief/first (occasion, thing etc)/classifier for poems, songs etc

Pronunciation Clues:

  1. Pronunciation clue for 首 (shou3): The component 首 is pronounced as 'shou3'. It has the exact same pronunciation as the character.

Example Words:

High Frequency

首 
首页 (首頁)

Medium Frequency

回首 
首先 
首席 
首映 
首次 
首尔 (首爾)
首发 (首發)
首要 
首选 (首選)
首都 
首领 (首領)
首饰 (首飾)

Appears In:

首 also appears in:

先

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Meta:

  1. 先 is the 188th most frequent character.
  2. 先 has 1 dictionary entry.
  3. 先 appears as a character in 72 words.
  4. 先 appears as a component in 11 characters.

Decomposition:

Once :
先 => ⺧, 儿
Radical :
先 => ⺧ (cow), 儿 (legs)
Graphical :
先 => ⺧, 丿, 乚

Pinyin & Meaning:

  1. xian1 - early/prior/former/in advance/first

Pronunciation Clues:

  1. There are no phonetic clues for this character.

Example Words:

High Frequency

先 
先生 

Medium Frequency

事先 
优先 (優先)
先后 (先後)
先进 (先進)
先锋 (先鋒)
抢先 (搶先)
祖先 
领先 (領先)
首先 
Decomposition Levels:
Level 1: Only divided once. So only two components.
Level 2: Radical Decomposition. The character gets decomposed into its lowest radical components. For the complete list visit the Radical wikipedia page.
Level 3: Graphical Decomposition. Shows all the strokes & lowest level of components that make up the character.
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