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xiāo

| 2018-09-28
(Chinese Social Sciences Today)

This character refers to a Chinese end-blown bamboo flute noted for its mellow and melancholy tone. In terms of its calligraphy, the two graphical components of xiao de- note bamboo and the sounds of wind. Xiao originally referred to a bamboo flute, playing sounds like wind. In Chinese culture, the xiao is often regarded as a poetic item.