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TranslingualEdit

Stroke order
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EtymologyEdit

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

Ideogram (指事) – possibly Simplified from , eliminating 大 and using 可 for sound — compare from .

Phono-semantic compound (形聲): semantic  + phonetic 

ReferencesEdit

  • "" (in Mandarin), 字源. URL accessed on 2014-02-24.

Han characterEdit

(radical 30 +2, 5 strokes, cangjie input 一弓口 (MNR), four-corner 10620, composition)

  1. may, can, -able / -ible
  2. possibly

Derived charactersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • KangXi: page 172, character 12
  • Dai Kanwa Jiten: character 3245
  • Dae Jaweon: page 383, character 7
  • Hanyu Da Zidian: volume 1, page 567, character 7
  • Unihan data for U+53EF

CantoneseEdit

HanziEdit

(Jyutping hak1, ho2, Yale hak1, ho2)

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HakkaEdit

HanziEdit

(POJ khó (kho2), Hagfa Pinyim ko3)

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ReferencesEdit


JapaneseEdit

KanjiEdit

(grade 5 “Kyōiku” kanji)

ReadingsEdit

CompoundsEdit

NounEdit

(hiragana , romaji ka)

  1. passable

See alsoEdit

SuffixEdit

(hiragana , romaji -ka)

  1. permitted, allowed, licensed

KoreanEdit

HanjaEdit

(ga, geuk) (hangeul , , revised ga, geuk, McCune-Reischauer ka, kŭk)

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MandarinEdit

HanziEdit

(Pinyin (ke3), Wade-Giles k'o3)

AdverbEdit

(traditional and simplified, Pinyin )

  1. can, may, able to
    可能 (possibly), 可以 (can)
    他没有家住。 tā méiyǒu jiā kě zhù.
    He had no place to live.
  2. (particle used for emphasis)
    不太知道。 wǒ kě bù tài zhīdào.
    I don't really know.

VerbEdit

(traditional and simplified, Pinyin )

  1. to approve, to permit
    许可
  2. to suit
    可心

Usage notesEdit

In compounds, it allow to turn names and verbs into adjectives.

可吃 (edible), 可爱 (lovely), 可怜 (pitiful)

CompoundsEdit

* 可食

Min NanEdit

HanziEdit

(TLPA khó (kho2), khónn (khonn2), khuá (khua2), khóo (khoo2))

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VietnameseEdit

Han characterEdit

(khả, khá, tài)

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