黑

Meta:

  1. 黑 is the 519th most frequent character.
  2. 黑 has 2 dictionary entries.
  3. 黑 appears as a character in 87 words.
  4. 黑 appears as a component in 24 characters.

Decomposition:

Once :
黑 => No glyph available, 灬
Radical :
黑 => 黑 (black)
Graphical :
黑 => 口, 丨, 丷, 一, 丨, 一, 灬

Pinyin & Meaning:

  1. Hei1 - abbr. for Heilongjiang province 黑龍江|黑龙江[Hei1 long2 jiang1]
  2. hei1 - black/dark/(loanword) to hack

Pronunciation Clues:

  1. Pronunciation clue for 黑 (hei1): The component 灬 is pronounced as 'huo3'. It has the same pinyin initial.
  2. Pronunciation clue for 黑 (hei1): The component 黑 is pronounced as 'hei1'. It has the exact same pronunciation as the character.

Example Words:

High Frequency

黑 
黑暗 
黑色 

Medium Frequency

摸黑 
漆黑 
黑人 
黑夜 
黑客 
黑幕 
黑帮 (黑幫)
黑心 
黑木耳 
黑板 
黑白 
黑社会 (黑社會)
黑色素 
黑芝麻 
黑莓 
黑龙江 (黑龍江)

暗

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Meta:

  1. 暗 is the 827th most frequent character.
  2. 暗 has 2 dictionary entries.
  3. 暗 appears as a character in 54 words.
  4. 暗 appears as a component in 0 characters.

Decomposition:

Once :
暗 => 日, 音
Radical :
暗 => 日 (sun/day), 音 (sound)
Graphical :
暗 => 口, 一, 一, 丶, 丷, 一, 口, 一

Pinyin & Meaning:

  1. an4 - dark/gloomy/hidden/secret/muddled/obscure/in the dark
  2. an4 - to close (a door)/to eclipse/muddled/stupid/ignorant/variant of 暗[an4]

Pronunciation Clues:

  1. There are no phonetic clues for this character.

Example Words:

High Frequency

暗恋 (暗戀)
黑暗 

Medium Frequency

昏暗 
暗 
暗中 
暗地 
暗暗 
暗淡 
暗示 
暗算 
暗自 
暗藏 
暗号 (暗號)
柳暗花明 
灰暗 
阴暗 (陰暗)
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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