Mnemonic comic for


ba̅o = b + ao1: archaic variant of 包[bao1]


勹 looks like an elephant: 丿 looks like the edge of the ear and ㇆ looks like the head and trunk. Beelzebub (b) rides an elephant in front of the aorta (ao1), turning the soil with a plow (㇆). Lots of bananas (丿) are revealed in the turned earth.


Here we see the plow in action together with the banana to form 勹, which reminds me of an elephant: 丿 looks like the ear, and 亅 looks like the trunk.

As for the pronunciation: "b" is represented by Beelzebub. Pinyin initials without "special" vowels (i, u, ü) are represented by men. The Pinyin final "ao" is represented by the aorta, the largest artery in the human body. You can see it behind Beelzebub riding on the elephant.

As a reminder, here's the key how to remember the tone of the Pinyin final:

1 -> in front of
2 -> in the kitchen
3 -> in the living room
4 -> in the bathroom
5 -> on the roof

Matthias, 7 months ago

勹 character breakdown

radical in Chinese characters (Kangxi radical 4) / see 撇[pie3]

Pocahontas (pi-) is eating a banana (丿) in the elevator's living room (-e3).
Character component without intrinsic meaning

= + : Mnemonic symbol: ㇆ just looks like a plow.

Someone attached a flute to the top of a crowbar to create a new instrument. When the crowbar is bowed with a plow, the vibrations of the crowbar will transfer to the flute, which in turn is producing eerie sounds.

Characters with 勹 as component

spoon / ladle / CL:把[ba3] / abbr. for 公勺[gong1 shao2], centiliter (unit of volume)

= + : Mnemonic symbol: as 勺 should not be confused with 匕 (ladle), the mnemonic symbol for 勺 is a small silver spoon.

Sherlock Holmes (sh) feeds an elephant (勹) medicine in the aorta's kitchen (ao2). The medicine looks like a petal leaf (丶), and Sherlock Holmes uses a small silver spoon (勺) to feed it to the elephant.
to cover / to wrap / to hold / to include / to take charge of / to contract (to or for) / package / wrapper / container / bag / to hold or embrace / bundle / packet / CL:個|个[ge4],隻|只[zhi1]

= + : Beelzebub wants to scare he elephant in front of the aorta. He shows him a colorful handbag, and just as the elephant is having a closer look, a snakes pops out and scares the elephant almost to death.
surname Bao
variant of 丐[gai4]

= + : Mnemonic symbol: a beggar from ancient Egypt. The beggar from ancient Egypt (匃) found work as an elephant (勹) rider. He rides his elephant through the airplane's bathroom (ai4) while the elephant carries a sarcophagus (亾) with his trunk. He doesn't know that Guy Fawkes (g) secretly sneaked into the sarcophagus to hitch a ride.
do not

= 丿 + : Mnemonic symbol: bat wings.

= 丿 + : The elephant wants to eat a banana in the space station's bathroom, but Willy Walrus suddenly flies by (using bat wings), snatches the banana away and shouts "no!"
(long) time / (long) duration of time

= + : Joan of Arc and the elephant are visiting the outhouse, and they have been looking at the Mona Lisa for hours. Impatiently, Joan of Arc looks at her hourglass telling them that they have been standing there like that for three and a half hours, so she's poking the elephant with a finger to tell him to move on.

= + : Mnemonic symbol: hourglass.
sentence / clause / phrase / classifier for phrases or lines of verse

= + : Mnemonic symbol: a grammar nazi.

Zeus, the elephant and the grammar nazi are playing monkey in the bathroom's space station. The elephant uses its long trunk to hold the mandarin just above the grammar nazis head where he can't reach it, while Zeus laughs out loud.
variant of 勾[gou1]
even / well-distributed / uniform / to distribute evenly / to share

= + : Yu the Great (yu) and the elephant (勹) joined the palace guard and are guarding the entrance to the encampment ((e)n2), but there was no uniform (匀) available that fitted the elephant. Yu the Great was nice enough to make a uniform form him. She even made him a large beret (亠). Now they both look very uniform (匀).
surname Gou

= + : The elephant (勹) has Guy Fawkes (g) draw (勾) a cartoon (勾) of him in front of the outhouse (ou1). He told Guy to make his trunk prettier, so instead of a trunk Guy draws a big fake nose (厶).
to attract / to arouse / to tick / to strike out / to delineate / to collude / variant of 鉤|钩[gou1], hook

= + : The elephant (勹) has Guy Fawkes (g) draw (勾) a cartoon (勾) of him in front of the outhouse (ou1). He told Guy to make his trunk prettier, so instead of a trunk Guy draws a big fake nose (厶).
see 勾當|勾当[gou4 dang4]

Words with 勹

勹 is not used as a character in a word.

Sentences with 勹

勹 currently does not appear in any sentence.