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  The element at left is a pictograph of a weapon, suggesting "arms." The element at right is an action indicator. The combination of elements indicates the making of a great exertion in battle. This element is not used independently in Japanese. Watch kanji video »
Vigorous exertion
adds power/energy to emphasize exertion. Thus the meanings work, serve, and carry out one’s duties.
adds bird to indicate a duck, a bird which exerts itself greatly in flying.
adds insect to indicate a cutworm or other grain-eating insect, in the sense of an insect that devours plants by chewing through the stems.
Vigorous exertion
adds horse to indicate a horse galloping in a circle. Rush about is an associated meaning.
adds eye to suggest "strain the eyes, attempting to see an object clearly." Dim-sighted is an associated meaning, with dim-witted by extension.
adds metal to indicate a helmet, an accouterment used in battle, a time of great exertion. Iron pot/pan is an associated meaning, via similarity of shape to a helmet.
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