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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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相 (9)   ソウ ; ショウ    あい   

here an abbreviated form (Type 8 Phonetic) of (observe) + tree/wood → eyes focused on an object (establishing a mutual relation between observer and observed) → together; watch; assist; assistant; shape; appearance → (grammatical) voice; emphatic verbal prefix. Also, minister (← one who assists a ruler).
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