miè - extinguish

This character appeared in yesterday's sentence in the word, 灭绝 - extinct. It is the first word pronounced mie that I've come across. It appears to be quite a rare sound. Other mie-words include those meaning 'the bleating of sheep', 'squint', 'bamboo splits for baskets', 'minute flies' and 'defiled with blood'. Chinese is a great language.

Please extinguish your cigarettes.

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