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An Etymological Dictionary of Chinese Character Interpretations
By Lawrence J. Howell

– Covering more than 6,500 Chinese characters as used in Japan –

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子 (3)   シ       S/B S/B

子 is the single remaining form of two distinct oracle bone pictographs. S/B(a) depicts a small child, while 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 Chinese zodiac), north, and 11 P.M. to 1 A.M. are borrowed meanings. The Proto-Chinese reading of S/B(a) was SAG; that of S/B(b) was SOG.
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