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 –
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BIS is a pictograph of brushwood/firewood piled on a stove. However, 者 was borrowed for use as a demonstrative pronoun, later evolving in meaning to the sense of "the one who does this" → person. The present form eliminates the diagonal stroke above the 日 element.
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