十 shí (ten)

Chinese: 十

pinyin: shí

English: ten

Imagery: A traditional Chinese knot

History of character:  This number represents a knot on a rope. Ancient Chinese people kept a record of important incidents that happened in their life by making knots on a rope.  Now it simply means ten. Ten is the number of perfection in Chinese culture. Chinese people usually use 十全十美 (Pinyin:shí quán shí měi, translation: ten wholeness ten beauties) to refer to something flawless.

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