Sunday, 27 May 2018

绿 | lǜ

In Mandarin Chinese, 绿 (Pinyin: 🔊) means “green”. Compounds of 绿 include

Incidentally, the symbols for this entry were created using green leaf tea.

绿 is a simplified form of the traditional character , which is a phono-semantic compound of semantic “silk” and phonetic ( 🔊). But what does silk have to do with colour green? Lawrence J. Howell writes in his Etymological Dictionary of Han/Chinese Characters:

As per (pare/strip bamboo) + thread → threads dyed the vivid color of bamboo freshly stripped of its bark → greenlight green.

In Japanese, is pronounced midori. Apart from meaning colour green, Midori is a popular female given name.

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