零(líng)zero

Chinese name: 零

Pinyin: líng

English name: zero

Imagery: a farmer praying for water

History of character: The number zero consists of two parts: rain radical “” and phonetic component 令 . In oracle bones, it is an image of rain drops and three mouths saying prayers. Now the character simply means zero.

 

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