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 an element combining 東 (pierced sack) and 土 earth (suggesting the same idea found in 重 of weight thrusting heavily down upon the earth) + another element combining a needle and an eye → run through a slave-child's eye with a needle (compare 民) → child (← child servant ← servant ← slave). The present form is a SCR simplification that amalgamates the top two elements into 立 and the bottom two into 里.
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