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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 –

Comprehensive Kanji Etymology Dictionary
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子 (3)   シ       S/B S/B


Two distinct S/B pictographs were eventually merged into the character 子. S/B(a) depicts a small child. S/B(b) shows a child with rapidly growing hair → child; son; boy; person; suffix appended to small objects. Conceptually, a child was understood as one of a figurative pile of offspring. Rat (as the first sign of the zodiac), north, and 11 P.M. to 1 A.M. are borrowed meanings. The Proto-Chinese reading of the (a) character was SAG; that of the (b) character was SOG.


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