(shé)

HSK 5

Meaning

  1. snake
  2. serpent

Stroke Order

Traditional Chinese


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  • 3: Third Tone 三声
  • 4: Fourth Tone 四声
  • 5: Fifth Tone (neutral) 五声

Words sharing similar characters

Hanzi Pinyin Meaning
画蛇添足 huàshétiānzú draw legs on a snake (idiom)/to ruin something by adding something superfluous
矮脚白花蛇利草 ǎi jiǎo bái huā shé lì cǎo see 白花蛇舌草[bái huā shé shé cǎo]
八岐大蛇 Bā qí Dà shé Yamata no Orochi, serpent with eight heads and eight tails from mythological section of Nihon Shoki (Chronicles of Japan)
白花蛇 bái huā shé long-nosed pit viper (agkistrodon acutus)
白花蛇舌草 bái huā shé shé cǎo Hedyotis diffusa
白蛇传 Bái Shé Zhuàn Tale of the White Snake/Madame White Snake
杯弓蛇影 bēi gōng shé yǐng lit. to see a bow reflected in a cup as a snake (idiom)/fig. unnecessary suspicions/overly fearful
长蛇阵 cháng shé zhèn single-line formation (army)/fig. long line
长蛇座 Cháng shé zuò Hydra (constellation)
翠青蛇 cuì qīng shé Entechinus major (kind of snake)
打草惊蛇 dǎ cǎo jīng shé lit. beat the grass to scare the snake (idiom)/fig. to inadvertently alert an enemy/to punish sb as a warning to others
打蛇不死,后患无穷 dǎ shé bù sǐ, hòu huàn wú qióng if you beat the snake without killing it, endless evils will ensue (idiom)
大蛇丸 Dà shé wán Orochimaru, Japanese folktale hero/Orochimaru, character in the Naruto manga series
地头蛇 dì tóu shé local bully/tyrant/regional mafia boss
毒蛇 dú shé viper
佛口蛇心 fó kǒu shé xīn words of a Buddha, heart of a snake (idiom)/two-faced/malicious and duplicitous
蝮蛇 fù shé Siberian pit viper (Gloydius halys)/pit viper
黑腹蛇鹈 hēi fù shé tí (bird species of China) oriental darter (Anhinga melanogaster)
黑眉蝮蛇 hēi méi fù shé Snake island viper (Gloydius shedaoensis), feeding on migrating birds
虎头蛇尾 hǔ tóu shé wěi lit. tiger's head, snake's tail (idiom)/fig. a strong start but weak finish
画蛇添足 huà shé tiān zú lit. draw legs on a snake (idiom)/fig. to ruin the effect by adding sth superfluous/to overdo it
滑鼠蛇 huá shǔ shé Oriental ratsnake (Ptyas mucosus)
黄颔蛇 huáng hàn shé adder (zoology)
巨蛇尾 jù shé wěi serpens cauda
巨蛇座 Jù shé zuò Serpens (constellation)
蝰蛇 kuí shé forest or meadow viper (Vipera russelii siamensis or similar)
龙蛇混杂 lóng shé hùn zá lit. dragons and snakes mingle (idiom)/fig. a mix of good people and scumbags
龙头蛇尾 lóng tóu shé wěi lit. dragon's head, snake's tail (idiom)/fig. a strong start but weak finish
鲁蛇 lǔ shé (slang) loser (loanword) (Tw)
蟒蛇 mǎng shé python/boa
牛鬼蛇神 niú guǐ shé shén evil monsters/(fig.) bad characters/(political) bad elements
强龙不压地头蛇 qiáng lóng bù yā dì tóu shé lit. strong dragon cannot repress a snake (idiom)/fig. a local gangster who is above the law
蚺蛇 rán shé boa
人蛇 rén shé illegal immigrant
人蛇集团 rén shé jí tuán human smuggling syndicate/snakehead gang
人头蛇身 rén tóu shé shēn human head, snake's body/cf Nüwa 女媧氏|女娲氏[Nu:3 wā shì] and Fuxi 伏羲氏[Fú Xī shì] in some versions of mythology
人心不足蛇吞象 rén xīn bù zú shé tūn xiàng a man who is never content is like a snake trying to swallow an elephant (idiom)
三索锦蛇 sān suǒ jǐn shé copperhead race (Elaphe radiata), kind of snake
蛇胆 shé dǎn snake gall (used in TCM)
蛇岛 Shé dǎo Shedao or Snake island in Bohai sea 渤海 off Lüshun 旅順|旅顺 on the tip of the Liaoning peninsula, small rocky island famous for snakes
蛇岛蝮 Shé dǎo fù Snake island viper (Gloydius shedaoensis), feeding on migrating birds
蛇雕 shé diāo (bird species of China) crested serpent eagle (Spilornis cheela)
蛇毒 shé dú snake venom
蛇毒素 shé dú sù snake toxin
蛇夫座 Shé fū zuò Ophiuchus (constellation)
蛇管 shé guǎn flexible hose
蛇果 Shé guǒ Red Delicious (a sort of apple)
蛇蒿 shé hāo tarragon
蛇精病 shé jīng bìng (slang) (pun on 神經病|神经病[shén jīng bìng]) crazy person/nutjob
蛇龙珠 Shé lóng zhū Cabernet Gernischt (grape type)
蛇绿混杂 shé lǜ hùn zá ophiolite melange (geology)
蛇绿混杂岩 shé lǜ hùn zá yán ophiolite (geology)
蛇绿混杂岩带 shé lǜ hùn zá yán dài ophiolite belt (geology)
蛇绿岩 shé lǜ yán ophiolite (geology)
蛇麻 shé má hops (Humulus lupulus)
蛇麻草 shé má cǎo hop (Humulus lupulus), climbing plant whose flower cones are used in brewing beer
蛇矛 shé máo ancient spear-like weapon with a wavy spearhead like a snake's body
蛇年 shé nián Year of the Snake (e.g. 2001)
蛇皮 shé pí snake skin
蛇皮果 shé pí guǒ salak (Salacca zalacca) (fruit)
蛇头 shé tóu head of a snake/human smuggler
蛇纹石 shé wén shí serpentine (geology)
蛇纹岩 shé wén yán serpentine (geology)
蛇形 shé xíng S-shaped/serpentine/coiled like a snake
蛇行 shé xíng to creep/to zigzag/to meander/to weave
蛇足 shé zú lit. legs on a snake/sth superfluous
水蛇 shuǐ shé water snake
水蛇腰 shuǐ shé yāo slender and supple waist/lithe body/feminine pose
水蛇座 Shuǐ shé zuò Hydrus (constellation)
四脚蛇 sì jiǎo shé lizard/common spoken equivalent of 蜥蜴[xī yì]
巳蛇 sì shé Year 6, year of the Snake (e.g. 2001)
五步蛇 wǔ bù shé Deinagkistrodon, a venomous pit viper/also called five-paced viper (i.e. can grow to five paces)
响尾蛇 xiǎng wěi shé rattlesnake
虚与委蛇 xū yǔ wēi yí to feign civility (idiom)
眼镜蛇 yǎn jìng shé cobra
盐蛇 yán shé (dialect) gecko
一年被蛇咬十年怕井绳 yī nián bèi shé yǎo shí nián pà jǐng shéng bitten by a snake in one year, fears the well rope for ten years (idiom)/once bitten twice shy
一朝被蛇咬,十年怕井绳 yī zhāo bèi shé yǎo, shí nián pà jǐng shéng once bitten by a snake, ten years in fear of a well rope/once bitten, twice shy (idiom)
印度眼镜蛇 Yìn dù yǎn jìng shé Indian cobra (Naja naja)
引蛇出洞 yǐn shé chū dòng lit. to pull a snake from its hole/to expose a malefactor (idiom)
游蛇 yóu shé water snake/colubrid/racer
丈八蛇矛 zhàng bā shé máo ancient spear-like weapon 18 Chinese feet 尺[chǐ] in length, with a wavy spearhead like a snake's body
竹叶青蛇 zhú yè qīng shé Trimeresurus stejnegeri (poisonous snake)

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