Chinese Etymology

Chinese Etymology

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Character (單一漢字)
English Senses For (英文): yao4
necessary / important / essential / necessity / must / should / ought to / to want / to demand / to need / to require / to desire / to take / to summarize / a summary / a generalization / a synopsis / will / shall - to indicate the future tense / brief / if / in case

English Senses For (英文): yao1
to invite / to request the presence of / to engage / to date / to make an agreement / to ask for / to demand / to claim / to make a claim / to request / requests / to coerce / to force / to blackmail / to threaten / to stop / to censure / to investigate / to examine / the waist or midriff 亦 作「 腰 」 / a Chinese family name

Simplified (簡體字):
Unicode := 8981
GB2312-80 := D2AA

New! Simplification explanation under construction.

Traditional (繁體字):
Unicode := 8981
Big5 := AD6E

要 yao1 yao4 (productive phonetic)


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ShuoWen: (說文解字):

New! etymology explanation under construction.

Primitive pictograph 要. From woman 女 and remnant 西 (the waist). Now. Meaning necessary.

Seal (說文解字裏的篆體字)


LST Seal (六書通裏的篆體字) Characters

L32159 L32160 L32161 L32162 L07662 L07663 L07664
L07665 L07666 L07667

Bronze (金文编裏的字) Characters

B03494 B03495

Oracle (甲骨文) Characters - none known

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