贝 - Dong Chinese dictionary

bèi

sea shell

Simplified form of . Pictograph of a cowrie shell. In ancient China such shells were used as currency.

Evolution

贝 Oracle script (~1250-1000 BC)

Oracle script

(~1250-1000 BC)
贝 Bronze script Late Shang dynasty (~1100 BC)

Bronze script

Late Shang dynasty (~1100 BC)
贝 Seal script Shuowen (~100 AD)

Seal script

Shuowen (~100 AD)
贝 Clerical script Eastern Han dynasty (25-220 AD)

Clerical script

Eastern Han dynasty (25-220 AD)
贝 Traditional script Modern

Traditional script

Modern
贝 Simplified script Modern

Simplified script

Modern
Definitions

() 

bèi

sea shell; money, currency; cowrie; shellfish; currency (archaic)

() 

Bèi

surname Bei

Most common words with 贝
Freq.
Word
Meaning

宝贝

treasure

cowrie

贝尔

Bell (person name)

诺贝尔

Nobel (Prize)

小贝

"Becks", nickname of British footballer David Beckham (see 貝克漢姆|贝克汉姆[Bèi​kè​hàn​mǔ])

Component uses

Sound component in 7 characters

Iconic component in 2 characters

Remnant component in 1 character

Unknown component in 4 characters