Green foliage, grass and herbs are what bring beauty and calm to some of nature’s most striking scenes. Our word of this week is 草 – ‘ grass ’.


草is pronounced cǎo.


Original meaning: a general term for plants with soft stems other than trees, crops, and vegetables in higher plants; broadly refers to plants with soft stems, including crops and vegetables. 


青草(qīng cǎo)

Meaning “green grass”  

打草稿(dǎ cǎo gǎo) 

It means writing a rough draft. 

打草惊蛇 (dǎ cǎo jīng shé)

It is an idiom that means “Beating the grass and frightening away the snake”. It was used to describe rash actions which unintentionally alerted the enemy.

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