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 shows 女 woman + an element combining a pair of hands + a backbone → compress a woman's waist, creating curvaceous hips → waist; hips → main point; vital (← hips as the pivot point of the body) → brief; sum up; in short. Also, demand (← demand that which is vital to one) → want; need; require.
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