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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Originally, 八 split right and left + 口 (Type 2 Phonetic) mouth/hole → open space in which (divided groups of) people gather → public → fair; official; governmental.
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