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 –
Kanji Search Results
S/B is 人person with a line drawn at the shin to indicate a person progressing in small increments through luxuriant vegetation or crops (compare 年 and 延) → one thousand (← number reached by counting on and on). It is unclear whether it was 人 or the line element that acted as the phonosemantic element in the character.
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