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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



    • cow

    • ˊ



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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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the first son is given a cow
by Doroko

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He lays his mother’s will across the table and reads that [she ‘n] his father have left him, their first son 儿, their prized cow ⺧.
by vms5q

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We found 1 pronunciation for 先

Definitions for 先 pronounced as xiān

  • early
  • prior
  • former
  • in advance
  • first


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