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Mǎ 马 'horse' occurs in many characters.

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码 Mǎ is the second element in 号码 hàomǎ 'number'.

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You can see the horse's main more clearly in the traditional character: 

吗 Ma is the question particle ma.

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妈 Mā is '

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mother'

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Common words including these characters

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马上 Mǎshàng looks as if it might mean 'on horse back' but actually means 'immediately'.

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你是美国人吗? Nǐ shi Měiguórén ma? 'Are you American?'
妈妈骂马吗? Māma mà mǎ ma? 'Is mother scolding the horse?'
(骂 Mà means 'scold'.)