砍 kǎn – cut
① cut, chop
② cut down
STROKES – 5
RADICAL – 石
Elements —- Open mouth 欠 + stone 石. Phonetic series 欠.
A stone 石 knife that leaves a void 欠 when cutting.
砍柴 kǎnchái cut firewood.
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