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Translingual[edit]

Stroke order
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Stroke order
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Etymology[edit]

One possibility is that 五 was originally written as five horizontal lines, similar to , , , and the obsolete (four), but in common writing the lines would blend together. Thus, two lines were turned vertical and the right one was shortened, to form one stroke with the middle horizontal line. An alternate hypothesis is that 五 originally resembled an X with a bar on top and a bar on bottom, as in 𠄡. This would have meant five because when counting on a single hand, one first counts to five and then crosses back the other way to ten.

五 五 五 五
Oracle bone script Bronze inscriptions Large seal script Small seal script

Han character[edit]

(radical 7 +2, 4 strokes, cangjie input 一木一 (MDM), four-corner 10107)

  1. five
  2. used as a surname

References[edit]

  • KangXi: page 86, character 11
  • Dai Kanwa Jiten: character 257
  • Dae Jaweon: page 178, character 4
  • Hanyu Da Zidian: volume 1, page 11, character 3
  • Unihan data for U+4E94

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Cantonese[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Guangzhou) IPA(key): /ŋ̍¹³/

Numeral[edit]

(jyutping and Yale ng5)

  1. five

Hakka[edit]

Hanzi[edit]

(POJ ńg, Guangdong ng3, Hagfa Pinyim ng3)

References[edit]


Japanese[edit]

Kanji[edit]

(grade 1 “Kyōiku” kanji)

  1. five, 5

Readings[edit]

Compounds[edit]

References[edit]

  • New Nelson: 77
  • Halpern: 3436
  • Halpern Learners: 2142
  • Heisig: 5
  • Tuttle Kanji Dictionary: 0a4.27
  1. Source: EDICT and KANJIDIC files licensed by the Electronic Dictionaries Research Group.

Pronunciation[edit]

Number[edit]

Japanese cardinal numbers
 <  4 5 6  > 
    Cardinal :

(, go)

  1. five, 5

Noun[edit]

(hiragana , romaji go)

  1. five
  2. a name of a hole of a wind instrument

Noun[edit]

(hiragana いつ, romaji itsu)

  1. five

Korean[edit]

Hanja[edit]

(o)
Eumhun:

  • Sound (hangeul):  (revised: o, McCune-Reischauer: o, Yale: o)
  • Name (hangeul): 다섯 (revised: daseot, McCune-Reischauer: tasŏt, Yale: tases)

Mandarin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Sino-Tibetan *l/b-ŋa (five).

Pronunciation[edit]

Hanzi[edit]

(Pinyin (wu3), Wade-Giles wu3)

Compounds[edit]

Numeral[edit]

(traditional and simplified, Pinyin )

  1. five

Min Nan[edit]

Hanzi[edit]

(POJ ngóo, gōo)

References[edit]


Vietnamese[edit]

Han character[edit]

(ngũ)


Wu[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Shanghai) IPA(key): /ɦŋ̍²³/
  • (Suzhou) IPA(key): /ŋ̍³¹/

Zhuang[edit]

Hanzi[edit]

(haj)

  1. five