Chinese Etymology

Chinese Etymology

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Character (單一漢字)
English Senses For (英文): yu4
a precious stone-especially jade / a gem / a polite expression for "your" / a designation of things belonging to a girl or young woman / (said of a person, especially a woman) pure / fair / beautiful / a Chinese family name

Simplified (簡體字):
Unicode := 7389
GB2312-80 := D3F1

New! Simplification explanation under construction.

Traditional (繁體字):
Unicode := 7389
Big5 := A5C9

玉 yu4 (productive phonetic)


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ShuoWen: (說文解字):

The ancient character represents a three level jade object of worship which every ancient would have recognized. It is similar to a totem and often had more than three levels or less than three levels The inside is circular representing the heaven, the outside is square representing the earth天圆地方. The ancients would say苍璧礼天,(a round piece of jade for the ceremony of heaven) 黄琮礼地 (and a square piece of jade for the ceremony of earth)。Faces representing god, animal and human would be carved on the outside like a totem.

New! etymology explanation under construction.

Primitive pictograph 王玉. Pictograph of a 琮, a type of ritual jade object. Meaning jade. Dot added to distinguish it from 王.

Seal (說文解字裏的篆體字)

S00103 S00104

LST Seal (六書通裏的篆體字) Characters

L37577 L37578 L37579 L37580 L37581 L25571 L25572
L25573 L25574 L25575 L25576 L25577 L25578 L25579

Bronze (金文编裏的字) Characters

B00540 B00541 B00542 B00543 B00544 B00545 B00546

Oracle (甲骨文编裏的字) Characters

J00833 J00834 J00835 J00836 J00837 J00838 J00839
J00840 J00841 J00842 J00843 J00844 J00845

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