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 is a pictograph of an erect object (compare the graphically similar and phonetically close 土 [pile of earth]). Man and retainer are associated meanings (← person standing erect), with samurai by extension.
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