Chinese Etymology

Chinese Etymology

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Character (單一漢字)
English Senses For (英文): xian1
first / foremost / before / earlier / in advance / the late ... / the deceased ... / one's forebears / the abbreviation for Mister or Sir / a Chinese family name

Simplified (簡體字):
Unicode := 5148
GB2312-80 := CFC8

New! Simplification explanation under construction.

Traditional (繁體字):
Unicode := 5148
Big5 := A5FD

先 xian1 (productive phonetic)


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ShuoWen: (說文解字):

New! etymology explanation under construction.

Primitive pictograph 先. A man 儿 going forward 之㞢𡳿. Meaning first or before.

Seal (說文解字裏的篆體字)


LST Seal (六書通裏的篆體字) Characters

L31820 L31821 L31822 L31823 L31824 L31825 L06548
L06549 L06550 L06551 L06552 L06553 L06541 L06542
L06543 L06544 L06545 L06546 L06547 L06554 L06555

Bronze (金文编裏的字) Characters

B13509 B13510 B13511 B13512 B13513 B13514 B13515
B13516 B13517 B13518 B13519 B13520 B13521 B13522
B13523 B13524 B13525 B13526 B13527 B13528 B13529
B13530 B13531 B13532 B13533 B13534 B13535 B13536
B13537 B13538 B13539 B13540

Oracle (甲骨文编裏的字) Characters

J20804 J20805 J20806 J20807 J20808 J20809 J20810
J20811 J20812 J20813 J20814 J20815 J20816 J20817
J20818 J20819 J20820 J20821 J20822 J20823 J20824
J20825 J20826 J20827 J20828 J20829 J20830 J20831
J20832 J20833 J20834 J20835 J20836 J20837 J20838
J20839 J20840 J20841 J20842 J20843 J20844 J20845
J20846 J20847 J20848 J20849 J20850 J20851 J20852
J20853 J20854 J20855 J20856 J20857 J20858 J20859
J20860 J20861 J20862 J20863 J20864 J20865 J20866
J20867 J20868 J20869 J20870 J20871 J20872 J20873
J20874 J20875 J20876 J20877 J20878 J20879 J20880
J20881 J20882 J20883 J20884 J20885 J20886 J20887
J20888 J20889 J20890 J20891 J20892 J20893 J20894

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