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meaning: hemp, flax, numb

麻糸 == asaito == (noun) hemp yarn, linen thread
麻酔 == masui == (noun) anesthesia




Outer radical (now 'building') is a simplification of 'oppose' (反),  used to mean 'cloth'. The inner radical, now 'forest' (林), was originally a pictograph of two plants, representing hemp or flax. Henshall suggests as a mnemonic: ' Forest of hemp and flax grown in a building.'

Info from Taka Kanji Database
List of compounds including this character from Risu Dictionary

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