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Sunday, 15 January 2012

Stone (Rock)

Reading: SEKI, SHAKU, ishi

Strokes: 5

Etymology: A cliff with boulder at base.  Usually explained as a boulder having rolled down a cliff, it's more likely to be a boulder that has been cut from the cliff face.

Mnemonic: ROUND STONE AT BASE OF CLIFF

Combinations: 

化石 (kaseki) fossil
小石 (koishi) pebble
石油 (sekiyu) petroleum

(Based upon Henshall, 1998)

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