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Translingual[edit]

Stroke order
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Etymology[edit]

Pictogram (象形) – two pieces of meat (); the ⺼ components have been simplified to .

The conventional explanation is that this represented the concept of "many" through visual repetition. However, the earliest oracle bones use 多 for both "many" and another word meaning "to separate," thus suggesting that 多 depicts a piece of meat cut in two. The word "to separate" was later written as .

Han character[edit]

(radical 36 +3, 6 strokes, cangjie input 弓戈弓戈 (NINI), four-corner 27207, composition夕)

  1. much, many
  2. more than, over

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Cantonese[edit]

Hanzi[edit]

(Jyutping do1, Yale do1)


Japanese[edit]

Kanji[edit]

(grade 2 “Kyōiku” kanji)

  1. many, much

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Korean[edit]

Hanja[edit]

(da) (hangeul , revised da, McCune-Reischauer ta)


Mandarin[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Hanzi[edit]

(Pinyin duō (duo1), Wade-Giles to1)

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Middle Chinese[edit]

Han character[edit]

(*dɑ)


Min Nan[edit]

Hanzi[edit]

(POJ to (to1))


Vietnamese[edit]

Han character[edit]

(đa, nhật)