Saturday, 3 February 2018

冬 | dōng

In Mandarin Chinese, (Pinyin: dōng 🔊) is a noun that means “winter”. is also an alternative form of , an onomatopoeic word that could be translated as “rat-a-tat-tat” (if it is a repeating sound like knocking on a door) or “bang”, “boom”, “thud”, “thump” (if it is a sound of something falling).

As for the origin of , Lawrence J. Howell in his Etymological Dictionary of Han/Chinese Characters provides the following explanation:

Originally, a depiction of food tied to a cord that winds about a peg. A seal inscription form adds ice → winter (season when preserved / stored food is consumed). Compare .
More photos related to winter and sea glass @ Shutterstock.

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