Monday, 5 June 2017

盐 | yán

In Mandarin Chinese, (Pinyin: yán 🔊) means “salt”.

If you think it looks complicated, I’ve got news for you: is actually a simplified form of another character. Here:

And here’s a small seal script form of this hanzi:

Uncle Hanzi explains its origin as follows:

From salt (a bag of alkaline soil) / substituted with soil and phonetic / [simplified to bowl / and man looking in bowl substituted with ]. Meaning salt.
I hope now everything’s clear.

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