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The Chinese word kou - 口 - kŏu
(mouth in Chinese)

Phonetic script (Hanyu Pinyin)


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English translations

mouth, entrance, opening, tear, knife's edge, classifier,
slit, cut

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Chinese characters  ( kou / kŏu ) with pronunciation (English translation: mouth )
The traditional Chinese characters of kŏu are identical with the modern (simplified) characters displayed above.
Usage as a radical
口 can also be used as a radical, i.e. as a sub-component of a Chinese character. It is then called kŏuzìpáng or guózìkuāng.

Tags and additional information
(Meaning of individual characters, character components etc.)

password  |  lipstick  |  as a radical, it means 'enclosure' (if it encloses other elements) and means 'mouth' if it doesn’t
口 ( kou / kŏu ) belongs to the 500 most common Chinese characters (rank 170)
Chinese example words containing the character 口 ( kou / kŏu )
出口 ( chūkŏu = to export ), 窗口 ( chuāngkŏu = window ), 港口 ( găngkŏu = port ), 进口 ( jìnkŏu = to import ), 接口 ( jiēkŏu = (computer) port ), 口袋 ( kŏudài = pocket ), 口交 ( kŏujiāo = blowjob ), 口语 ( kŏuyŭ = spoken language ), 口罩 ( kŏuzhào = mask ), 路口 ( lùkŏu = crossing ), 门口 ( ménkŏu = doorway ), 入口 ( rùkŏu = entrance ), 牲口 ( shēngkou = livestock ), 十字路口 ( shízìlùkŏu = intersection ), 验票口 ( yànpiàokŏu = platform access ticket counter )
More words that mean mouth in Chinese
( 叭 ), zuĭ ( 嘴 )
More words that mean entrance in Chinese
ménkŏu ( 门口 ), rùkŏu ( 入口 )

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