Free Online Kanji Etymology Dictionary
(A comprehensive Free Online Kanji Etymology Dictionary for the Web)
An Etymological Dictionary of Chinese Character Interpretations
By Lawrence J. Howell and Hikaru Morimoto
– Covering more than 6,500 Chinese characters as used in Japan –
Kanji Search Results
S/B is a pictograph of a bent, open-mouthed figure (with food contained in the mouth) → yawn (← open mouth). 欠 now also bears the senses of 缺 (hole scooped into earthenware to create a container), accounting for the meanings scoop out → lack; miss/be missing; break (off); chip (off); broken piece; fragment → flaw.
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