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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BIS of the right-hand element (Type 1 Phonetic) is a pictograph of arrows in a quiver spread over a person's back, ready for use. 備 adds 人 person → equip/ready a soldier by spreading a quiver over his back → prepare; provide; possess.
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