Where is the sheep 羊?

Sheep are docile animals; they were offered by the ancient people to God; they were eaten; etc. In a word, sheep played a very important role. Needlessly to say there are quite a few characters composed of 羊. How is 羊 sheep written in Chinese characters?  You can see from the picture 羊 sheep can be written in various ways. All the meanings of the characters here are their original meanings. 

Wherever a bird 鸟 is, it is still a bird.




When you see characters composed of 鸟 niǎo, don’t think too much; they are just names of different birds or something related to a bird. Their pronunciations are the same as or similar to the pronunciations of the counterparts of 鸟, e.g. 武 wǔ + 鸟 = 鹉 wǔ, 九 jiǔ + 鸟 = 鸠 jiū.