六 liù (six)

Chinese: 六

Pinyin: liù

English: six

Imagery: a hut

History of character: The oracle bone of this character looks like a hut with a roof with chimney and exterior walls. So the character refers to the six sides of a cubic house and now it simply means six. The number six is taken as a fortunate number meaning smooth in China. People sometimes triplicate this number and use ‘666’ to describe someone or something insanely awesome.

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