猫(māo)cat

Chinese name: 猫

Pinyin: māo

English name: cat

Character: This character consists of two parts, the dog radical 犭on the left and the phonetic part “苗” (Pinyin: miáo) on the left.

Interesting fact: Chinese businesses often have a miniature waving fortune cat 招财猫 (Pinyin: zhāo cái māo). The cat is believed to bring wealth. This tradition originated in Japan but has been adopted by China. They are most frequently seen in Hong Kong and the surrounding area.

 

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