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chuān

Definition

  1. radical (Kang Xi 47)
  2. component (river)
  3. river
  4. creek
  5. plain
  6. stream
  7. flow
  8. an area of level country

Archaic form

You'll also run into this component in this form: 巛. 巛 in a character will also designate rivers, elements flowing, and was used in ancient times. Unlike 川, 巛 only exists in a component/ radical form and is not a standalone character. 川 is.

Character Decomposition

丿

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