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Etymology

The etymology is ambiguous. The traditional etymology is: Ideogrammic compound (會意):  (sun) +  (moon), which is what the modern form suggests. However, some older forms of the character have a more complex form, and show a moon shining through a window – the development is not as simple as the current form suggests.[1]

Han character

(radical 72 +4, 8 strokes, cangjie input 日月 (AB), four-corner 67020, composition)

  1. bright, light, brilliant
  2. clear

References

  • KangXi: page 491, character 12
  • Dai Kanwa Jiten: character 13805
  • Dae Jaweon: page 852, character 18
  • Hanyu Da Zidian: volume 2, page 1491, character 8
  • Unihan data for U+660E

Usage notes

  • Notes:
  1. ^ Richard Sears. "Etymology: 明." URL accessed on 2008-06-15.

Cantonese

Hanzi

(jyutping ming4, Yale ming4)


Japanese

Kanji

(grade 2 kanji)

Readings

Compounds


Korean

Hanja

(hangeul 명, revised myeong, McCune-Reischauer myŏng, Yale myeng)


Mandarin

Hanzi

(pinyin míng (ming2), Wade-Giles ming2)

Compounds

Phrases


Vietnamese

Han character

(minh)

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