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# Li

Li refers to

• A Chinese unit for distance, 里(Li3), about 1/3 mile.
• An ethic group 黎(Li2), see Li Chinese.
• Li is a common transliteration of a few Chinese family names. The family names are unrelated to the Li Chinese minority group. Li can be the transliteration of 李 (pinyin Li3), one of the most common Chinese family name, and other less common family names such as 黎 (Li2); 理 and 里 (Li3); 酈, 栗, 厲, 力, and 利 (Li4).
• Li is the symbol for the chemical element lithium.

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