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
BIS and SIS are pictographs of a forked stick or thick bar pressed to a combatant to keep him at bay → thrust; thick bar; defense. Dry, ebb, draw/drain off and empty (a glass) are borrowed meanings.
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