Chinese Etymology

Chinese Etymology

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Character:

Character (單一漢字)
English Senses For (英文): dan4
a dry measure for grains roughly equivalent to 1 20-1 60 pounds / a weight measure equivalent to about 1

English Senses For (英文): shi2
rocks / stones / minerals, etc. / a calculus, as a kidney calculus ( commonly known as a kidney stone ) / stone tablets / medicines / barren, as a barren woman / name of an ancient musical instrument / a Chinese family name

Simplified (簡體字):
Unicode := 77F3
GB2312-80 := CAAF


New! Simplification explanation under construction.

Traditional (繁體字):
Unicode := 77F3
Big5 := A5DB


(聲字部分):
石 shi2 dan4 (productive phonetic)

(有意部分):



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ShuoWen: (說文解字):
山石也在厂之下口象形凡石之蜀皆從石

The musical stone chimes represents all things made of stone. Now it represents stone. They were used like a xylophone and would have been immediately recognized by any ancient Chinese.

New! etymology explanation under construction.

Primitive pictograph 石. A triangular stone chime 磬 and 口 (indicating the sound made by the chime). Abstract meaning rock.



Seal (說文解字裏的篆體字)

S06811

LST Seal (六書通裏的篆體字) Characters

L38328 L38329 L38330 L38331 L38332 L38333 L38334
L28345 L28346 L28347 L28348 L28349 L28350

Bronze (金文编裏的字) Characters

B14403 B14404 B14405 B14406

Oracle (甲骨文编裏的字) Characters

J21453 J21454 J21455 J21456 J21457 J21458 J21459
J21460

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