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ㄒㄧㄢ

xiān

first

先 is a 6 stroke, simplified and traditional Chinese character and is pronounced as xiān in the first tone.

It is made up of the components (cow) and (son).

  • ㄒㄧㄢ

    xiān

    first

    • cow

    • ˊ

      ér

      son

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Your first sun receives your legacy, and in Chinese history that was giving your first sun your Cow/OX.
by ACon

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Pronunciation

We found 1 pronunciation for 先

Definitions for 先 pronounced as xiān

  • early
  • prior
  • former
  • in advance
  • first

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