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  The element at bottom is a variant of a character indicating "stand straight." The element at top (now written as sun/day) originally added a spoon/ladle. The combination of elements indicated a straight spoon or ladle. Correct, just, and right are abstract applications of straightness/uprightness. (Part 1 of 2) Watch kanji video »
Straight
adds earth to indicate a straight earthen embankment. Thus the meanings embankment, bank and levee. Dike is an associated meaning.
adds head to indicate a forehead that thrusts straight out. End and edge are associated meanings, while subject, title, topic, and theme are abstract, extended meanings (items that protrude).
adds a double-pronged eating implement to emphasize a straight spoon.
Straight
adds hand/action indicator to suggest "hold straight out/down." Carry, present, offer, and submit are associated meanings, as is hang (from) (hang from the arm in carrying).
adds alcohol container (here suggesting fermentation) to indicate whey, a straight/direct by-product of milk.
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