Wednesday, 3 May 2017

女 | nǚ

In Mandarin Chinese, (Pinyin: 🔊) means “woman”, “daughter” or, when applied to people, “female”. A combination with “people”, 女人 (nǚrén 🔊), means “(an adult) woman”, “wife” or “mistress”.

According to Ponte Ryūrui, “is a pictograph of a woman kneeling on the ground, shown with her arms entangled, holding a garment” while Wiktionary says that it is

a woman with breasts kneeling or standing. In modern form turned on left side: enclosed area is remnant of left breast (character’s left, depicted woman’s right), while right breast has disappeared. Graphically cognate to (, “mother”), which has developed similarly, but also includes dots for nipples and has retained both breasts.
I prefer thinking of as two entangled Greek letters ν (nu) which, incidentally, helps me to remember its pronunciation.

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