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ㄅㄟ ˋ



背 is a 9 stroke, simplified and traditional Chinese character and is pronounced as bèi in the fourth tone, however it can also be pronounced as bēi.

In traditional Chinese the character may be used.

It is made up of the components (north) and (meat).

  • ㄅㄟ ˋ



    • ㄅㄟ ˇ



    • meat

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as the guide pointed south the FLESH on their back pointed NORTH. It helps to also remember that 'to guide' is 指南, 'to point south'.
by trevor

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After fishing the North Bay each month, I walk back down south with a pack of fish meat on my back.
by vms5q

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We found 2 pronunciations for 背


Definitions for 背 pronounced as bèi

  • the back of a body or object
  • to turn one's back
  • to hide something from
  • to learn by heart
  • to recite from memory
  • unlucky (slang)
  • hard of hearing

Definitions for 背 pronounced as bēi

  • to be burdened
  • to carry on the back or shoulder
  • variant of 背[bei1]


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