Memory Phrase (Mnemonic) for 后



empress, queen, behind, rear, afterwards




Top: var. of buttock seen from the side , below: opening as anus, in the sense of 'behind' (Originates in the custom that the empress followed behind the emperor.)


The one following 'behind' is the empress.


buttocks in side view(This radical has the meaning: corpse . But because of its use in tail 尾 or urine 尿 or flatulence 屁, it is generally considered to mean 'buttocks'.)
mouth, opening(This is a small square. If it is bigger: , it is an enclosure.)


后来 hòu lái afterwards; later
后代 hòu dài posterity; later periods; later ages; later generations
太后 tài hòu Empress Dowager
往后 wǎng hòu from now on; in the future; time to come
谁笑在最后,谁笑得最好 shéi xiào zài zuì hòu , shéi xiào dé zuì hǎo He laughs best who laughs last.
谁笑到最后,谁笑得最好 shéi xiào dào zuì hòu , shéi xiào dé zuì hǎo He laughs best who laughs last.
背后 bèi hòu behind; at the back; in the rear; behind sb's back
后勤 hòu qín logistics
后悔 hòu huǐ to regret; to repent
后肢 hòu zhī hind legs
鞠躬尽瘁,死而后已 jū gōng jìn cuì , sǐ ér hòu yǐ to bend to a task and spare no effort unto one's dying day (idiom); striving to the utmost one's whole life; with every breath in one's body, unto one's dying day

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