Get our exclusive Word of the Day images!
The symbol for the element bismuth.
The symbol for bismuth.
: I think maybe Vi is a bi (1960s+)
in art, Chinese jade carved in the form of a flat disk with a hole in the centre. The earliest examples, which are unornamented, date from the Neolithic Period (c. 5000-2000 BC). Later examples, from the Shang (18th-12th century BC) and Zhou dynasties (1111-256/255 BC), have increasingly elaborate surface embellishment, especially in the late Zhou (c. 600-256/255 BC), when the bi appeared in combination with other forms