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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A pictograph of a person spread flat on the ground (compare 匍). Swirling design is a borrowing (based on the resemblance between 巴 and the swirling patterns on an archer's elbow protectors [ともえ]) → whirlpool; vortex.
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