Friday, 25 May 2018

乌 | wū

In Mandarin Chinese, (Pinyin: 🔊 or 🔊) is either a noun meaning “crow”, “raven”, or “rook”, or an adjective for colour “black”. It looks like this latter meaning arose as a short for 乌黑, “black as a crow” (or a raven, or a rook, in Chinese it’s all the same).

is a simplified form of the traditional character , which evolved from a pictogram of a bird, just like (remember it?) is a simplified form of . Now to remember the difference between a crow and a horse...

Compounds of include

  • + = 乌木 (wūmù): ebony
  • + = 乌金 (wūjīn): “black gold”: ink or coal
  • + + = 乌龙茶 (wūlóngchá): oolong tea (literally, “black dragon tea”)
Incidentally, the symbols above were created using black leaf tea.

More photos related to crows, tea and colour black @ Shutterstock.

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