Thursday, 18 January 2018

午 | wǔ

In Mandarin Chinese, (Pinyin: 🔊) is the seventh of twelve earthly branches. It corresponds to the Year of the Horse () of the Chinese zodiac; the fifth month; the hour of the Horse (11 am to 1 pm, “the time when the sun is high overhead and while other animals are lying down for a rest, Horses are still standing”, or, sometimes, precisely noon); and the direction 180° (i.e. south). Its associated “fixed element” is Fire, . Note that the character refers to any horse while refers to the “zodiac horse”.

The shape of is almost exactly the same as but these two characters are unrelated. According to Uncle Hanzi, is a “pictograph of a large double ended pestle for dehusking rice”.

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