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 –
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As per 鬼 (Type 1 Phonetic) ([large and] round/lumpy) + 斗 ladle → large ladle. Leader, founder and conspicuous are borrowed meanings (via 傀) → take the lead. Logically, the classifier for 魁 should be 斗, but it is traditionally given as 鬼.
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