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
– Covering more than 6,500 Chinese characters as used in Japan –
Kanji Search Results
S/B shows 又 hand/action indicator + a bamboo tube (Type 1 Phonetic), the center part of which suggests bamboo sticks used by officials in making calculations (compare 算) → an official standing bamboo sticks in a tube (compare 史) → thing; matter (← routine matters ← a routine task). Serve is a borrowing.
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