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Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Plain (Origin)

Reading: GEN, hara
Strokes: 10

Etymology: The outside character means cliff.

The inside character means spring and by extension, source / origin / primitive.

Thus, we get a primitive spring gushing from a cliff.


Its current meaning plain, may have come through the related concept of primitive land.

Or it could be a borrowed meaning.

Mnemonic: CLIFF WITH SPRING OVER TIME TURNED INTO A PLAIN.


Combinations:

原始 (genshi): atom
草原 (kusahara): grassy plain

(Based upon Henshall, 1998)

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