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Sunday, 27 November 2011

Round (money)

Reading: EN, marui

Strokes: 4

Etymology: Like so many kanji characters, this one has evolved from its original form and meaning.

It's original meaning had a character meaning round kettle, contained within an enclosure radical 口.

This evolved to its current form, expressing circle, which also means money.

HINT: Although not accurate, think of this as a pictograph of a bank teller's window.

Mnemonic:  ROUND COINS FLOWING FROM BANK TELLER'S WINDOW.


Combinations:

円高 (endaka) strong yen
百円 (hyakuen) 100 yen

(Based upon Henshall, 1998)

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