Chinese Etymology

Chinese Etymology

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Character (單一漢字)
English Senses For (英文): bei4
shells / cowries ( used in ancient China as currency ) / precious / treasure / valuable / ( physics ) bel / a Chinese family name

Simplified (簡體字):
Unicode := 8D1D
GB2312-80 := B1B4

New! Simplification explanation under construction.

(super cursive simplification 贝貝)

Traditional (繁體字):
Unicode := 8C9D
Big5 := A8A9

貝 bei4 (productive phonetic)


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ShuoWen: (說文解字):

New! etymology explanation under construction.

Primitive pictograph 贝貝. A cowry shell. Meaning money.

Seal (說文解字裏的篆體字)


LST Seal (六書通裏的篆體字) Characters

L36253 L36254 L21418 L21419 L21420 L21421 L21422
L21423 L21424 L21425 L21426 L21427 L21428

Bronze (金文编裏的字) Characters

B09443 B09444 B09445 B09446 B09447 B09448 B09449
B09450 B09451 B09452 B09453 B09454 B09455 B09456
B09457 B09458 B09459 B09460 B09461 B09462 B09463
B09464 B09465 B09466 B09467 B09468 B09469 B09470
B09471 B09472 B09473 B09474 B09475 B09476 B09477
B09478 B09479 B09480 B09481 B09482 B09483 B09484
B09485 B09486 B09487 B09488 B09489 B09490 B09491
B09492 B09493 B09494 B09495 B09496 B09497 B09498
B09499 B09500 B09501 B09502 B09503 B09504

Oracle (甲骨文编裏的字) Characters

J15463 J15464 J15465 J15466 J15467 J15468 J15469
J15470 J15471 J15472 J15473 J15474

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