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Friday, 21 October 2011

Kanji structure (7)

Hanging or trailing radical:


These radicals often depict a building, but can also mean sickness.


Example 1:


(ま)meaning hemp, is a combination of the radical for building + a pictograph of hemp plants hanging to dry.


Example 2:


疫(えき/やく)meaning epidemic, contains the meaning for strike within sickness.


Thus, the sickness that strikes many people in succession is an epidemic.


Note:  Strike also gives the character's phonetic reading.  


A semiotic-phonetic character.

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