See also:

TranslingualEdit

Stroke order
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Stroke order
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EtymologyEdit

One possibility is that 五 was originally written as five horizontal lines, similar to , , , and the obsolete (four), but in common writing the lines would blend together. Thus, two lines were turned vertical and the right one was shortened, to form one stroke with the middle horizontal line. An alternate hypothesis is that 五 originally resembled an X with a bar on top and a bar on bottom, as in 𠄡. This would have meant five because when counting on a single hand, one first counts to five and then crosses back the other way to ten.

五 五 五 五
Oracle bone script Bronze inscriptions Large seal script Small seal script

Han characterEdit

(radical 7 +2, 4 strokes, cangjie input 一木一 (MDM), four-corner 10107)

  1. five
  2. used as a surname

ReferencesEdit

  • KangXi: page 86, character 11
  • Dai Kanwa Jiten: character 257
  • Dae Jaweon: page 178, character 4
  • Hanyu Da Zidian: volume 1, page 11, character 3
  • Unihan data for U+4E94

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CantoneseEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • (Guangzhou) IPA(key): /ŋ̍¹³/

NumeralEdit

(jyutping and Yale ng5)

  1. five

HakkaEdit

HanziEdit

(POJ ńg, Guangdong ng3, Hagfa Pinyim ng3)

ReferencesEdit


JapaneseEdit

KanjiEdit

(grade 1 “Kyōiku” kanji)

  1. five, 5

ReadingsEdit

CompoundsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • New Nelson: 77
  • Halpern: 3436
  • Halpern Learners: 2142
  • Heisig: 5
  • Tuttle Kanji Dictionary: 0a4.27
  1. Source: EDICT and KANJIDIC files licensed by the Electronic Dictionaries Research Group.

PronunciationEdit

NumberEdit

Japanese cardinal numbers
 <  4 5 6  > 
    Cardinal :

(, go)

  1. five, 5

NounEdit

(hiragana , romaji go)

  1. five
  2. a name of a hole of a wind instrument

NounEdit

(hiragana いつ, romaji itsu)

  1. five

KoreanEdit

HanjaEdit

(o)
Eumhun:

  • Sound (hangeul):  (revised: o, McCune-Reischauer: o, Yale: o)
  • Name (hangeul): 다섯 (revised: daseot, McCune-Reischauer: tasŏt, Yale: tases)

MandarinEdit

simpl. and trad.

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Sino-Tibetan *l/b-ŋa (five).

PronunciationEdit

Mandarin (Standard Chinese, Beijing)
Pinyin
Zhuyin ㄨˇ
IPA (key) /u²¹⁴⁻²¹⁽⁴⁾/
Audio
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HanziEdit

(Pinyin (wu3), Wade-Giles wu3)

CompoundsEdit

NumeralEdit

(traditional and simplified, Pinyin )

  1. five

Min NanEdit

HanziEdit

(POJ ngóo, gōo)

ReferencesEdit


VietnameseEdit

Han characterEdit

(ngũ)


WuEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • (Shanghai) IPA(key): /ɦŋ̍²³/
  • (Suzhou) IPA(key): /ŋ̍³¹/

ZhuangEdit

HanziEdit

(haj)

  1. five
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