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
As per 空 (Type 1 Phonetic) (empty) + 手 hand/action indicator → create space between two points, objects or people → hold back; draw in → refrain; wait; await; keep from (← hold back) → be near at hand. Copy/write down, note, memo and a duplicate are borrowed meanings.
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