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Horse - Ma - Chinese Character Profile

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Horse - Ma - Chinese Character Profile

The Chinese character for horse is a pictograph. The traditional form shows the legs and body of the horse, but the simplified form has replaced the legs with a single stroke.

As a radical, the character 馬/马 (mǎ) is used in more complex characters, many of which are used to describe characteristics of horses, such as the following:

  • 騵 - yuán - chestnut horse with white belly
  • 騮 / 骝 - liú - bay horse with black mane
  • 騣 - zōng - bristles; horse's mane
  • 騑 - fēi - horse with yellow back
  • 駿 / 骏 - jùn - spirited horse
  • 駹 - máng - black horse with a white face
  • 駱 / 骆 - luò - camel
  • 駔 / 驵 - zǎng - powerful horse

Mandarin Vocabulary With Mǎ

Besides vocabulary related to horses, 馬/马 (mǎ) is commonly used as a phonetic in foreign names, some of which are included in the table.

Traditional Characters Simplified CharactersPinyinEnglish
阿拉巴馬 阿拉巴马 Ā lā bā mǎ Alabama
奧克拉荷馬 奥克拉荷马 Ào kè lā hé mǎ Oklahoma
巴哈馬 巴哈马 Bā hā mǎ the Bahamas
巴拿馬 巴拿马 Bā ná mǎ Panama
斑馬 斑马 bān mǎ zebra
大馬士革 大马士革 dà mǎ shì gé Damascus
羅馬 罗马 luó mǎ Rome
馬背 马背 mǎ bèi horseback
馬達加斯加 马达加斯加 mǎ dá jiā sī jiā Madagascar
馬房 马房 mǎ fáng horse stable
馬來西亞 马来西亚 mǎ lái xī yà Malaysia
馬蹄鐵 马蹄铁 mǎ tí tiě horseshoe
喜馬拉雅山 喜马拉雅山 xǐ mǎ lā yǎ shān the Himalayas
亞馬孫 亚马孙 Yà mǎ sūn Amazon
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