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Character  二 
Unicode name CJK UNIFIED IDEOGRAPH-4E8C
Codepoint U+4E8C
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Translingual[edit]

Han character[edit]

(radical 7 +0, 2 strokes, cangjie input 一一 (MM), four-corner 10100, composition一)

References[edit]

  • KangXi: page 86, character 1
  • Dai Kanwa Jiten: character 247
  • Dae Jaweon: page 175, character 6
  • Hanyu Da Zidian: volume 1, page 2, character 1
  • Unihan data for U+4E8C

Chinese[edit]

simpl. and trad.

Etymology[edit]

Stroke order
二-bw.png
Stroke order
二-order.gif

From Proto-Sino-Tibetan *g/s-ni-s.

Graphically: 二 is simply two parallel lines (compare and ) suggesting a continuous relationship.

二 二 二 二
Oracle bone script Bronze inscriptions Large seal script Small seal script

Pronunciation[edit]


Middle Chinese pronunciation (, reconstructed)
Character (二), Pronunciation (1/1)

Initial: 日 (38)
Final: 脂
Division: III

Openness: Open
Tone: Departing (H)

Fanqie: 而至切
Zhengzhang
Shangfang
Bernard
Karlgren
Li
Rong
Pan
Wuyun
Edwin
Pulleyblank
Wang
Li
Shao
Rongfen
/ȵiɪH/ /ȵʑiH/ /ȵiH/ /ȵiH/ /ȵiH/ /ȵʑiH/ /ȵʑjɪH/
Old Chinese pronunciation (, reconstructed)
Baxter-Sagart system (2011)
Character Modern Beijing
(Pinyin)
Middle Chinese Old Chinese English
èr ‹ nyijH › /*nij-s {*ni[j]-s}/ two
Zhengzhang system (2003)
Character No. Phonetic
component
Rime
group
Rime
subdivision
Corresponding
MC rime
Old Chinese Notes
2824 2 /*njis/

Definitions[edit]

  1. two
  2. second
  3. secondary, vice-
  4. again, once more
  5. two-fold, double
  6. fold, times
  7. different; other, else
  8. Short for "twenty, two hundred or two thousand" after hundreds, thousands and ten thousands.
  9. Short for "twenty cents".
  10. (Northeast Mandarin, neologism) stupid, dumb; silly, thick, lacking mental agility (often in a cute way)

Synonyms[edit]

  • (liǎng, "two (used in counting)")
  • ("two (Banker's numerals)")

See also[edit]

Compounds[edit]


Japanese[edit]

Kanji[edit]

(grade 1 “Kyōiku” kanji)

Alternative forms[edit]

  • (financial or formal)

Readings[edit]

Compounds[edit]

Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

(hiragana , romaji ni)

  1. two, 2
  2. second

Numeral[edit]

Japanese cardinal numbers
1 2 3
    Cardinal :

(, ni)

  1. two, 2
Idioms[edit]
  • 二兎を追う者は一兎をも得ず
    にとをおうものはいっとをもうず
    nito o oumono wa itto o mo uzu
    focus on one thing at a time
  • 二の足を踏む
    にのあしをふむ
    ni no ashi o fumu
    hesitate; think twice; shy or flinch
  • 二階から目薬
    にかいからめぐすり
    nikai kara megusuri
    trying to do an impossible task; taking eye medicine from the 2nd floor

Etymology 2[edit]

Originally /huta/: *[puta] > [ɸuta]. The Ablaut form of fito2 (one), which it doubles.

Noun[edit]

(hiragana ふた, romaji futa)

  1. two



Korean[edit]

Hanja[edit]

(i)
Eumhun:

  • Sound (hangeul):  (revised: i, McCune-Reischauer: i, Yale: i)
  • Name (hangeul):  (revised: dul, McCune-Reischauer: tul, Yale: twul)
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Vietnamese[edit]

Han character[edit]

(nhì, nhị)

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References[edit]


Wu[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Chinese (*njì).

Pronunciation[edit]

Latin Alphabet: ní

Zhuyin Fuhao:ㄋㄧˊ

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