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  A thin piece of wood curved back upon itself. (Part 24 of a series examining primitive characters/elements that originally were phonetically and conceptually related. The ability to match primitives with concepts proves useful when learning compound characters in which the primitives feature. Present meanings [omitted here] are in many cases associated or extended senses of their original concepts.) Watch kanji video »
Spread but maintain contact
originally indicated a cap or crown spread over the head.
is a representation of scattered seeds adhering to soil in a field.
Spread but maintain contact
was originally a rounded board (such as a serving tray) over which objects are spread out but in close contact.
suggests "run quickly" (the feet contacting the ground intermittently in doing so).
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