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The Chinese word dao - 刀 - dāo
(knife in Chinese)

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Chinese character and stroke order animation"How do I write 刀 ( dāo ) correctly?"

The strokes that all Chinese characters are composed of are to be written in a certain order which has originally been defined by Chinese calligraphy. Writing all characters according to the same rules assures that their intended shape and style are generally preserved even if written by different writers.
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Chinese characters  ( dao / dāo ) with pronunciation (English translation: knife )
The traditional Chinese characters of dāo are identical with the modern (simplified) characters displayed above.
Usage as a radical
刀 can also be used as a radical, i.e. as a sub-component of a Chinese character. It is then called dāozìpáng.

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刀 ( dao / dāo ) belongs to the 1000 most common Chinese characters (rank 631)
Chinese example words containing the character 刀 ( dao / dāo )
菜刀 ( càidāo = kitchen knife ), 锉刀 ( cuòdāo = file ), 刀子 ( dāozi = knife ), 剪刀 ( jiăndāo = scissor ), 镰刀 ( liándāo = sickle ), 螺丝刀 ( luósīdāo = screw driver ), 剃须刀 ( tìxūdāo = razor )
More words that mean knife in Chinese
dāozi ( 刀子 )

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