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ri; day Pinyin(fourth tone)
Englishsun; day
A 'rr' sound rather like the begining of 'rough', there is no 'i' sound at all

Based on a pictogram of the sun with a central eye this character is the natural choice to represent a day. Days of the week are all numbered except for Sunday which is just as in English 'sun day' : xingqiri. If it had been 'numbered' it would have been day 7 or qingqiqi - a rather awkward 'word'.

xīng qī
xing : starqi : phase; stage ri : sun; day
weekday sun = Sunday

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