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Thursday, 17 November 2011

Wide

Reading: KOU, hiroi

Strokes: 5

Etymology: The centre character (looking a lot like an elbow) used to mean flaming arrow, with the connotation of illuminating an area.

Adding the character for roof lent the original meaning of spacious building, which in time became wide / spacious.

Mnemonic: SPACIOUS BUILDING HAS PLENTY OF ELBOW ROOM

Combinations:

広島 (Hiroshima)  name of city
広告 (koukoku) advertisement

(Based upon Henshall, 1998)

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