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RETSU

meaning: row, line
列車 == ressha == railroad train 
前列 == zenretsu == front row


Left radical is 'bare bone', and right radical is 'cut'. This character was originally a reference to butchery. Henshall says that because there is a set sequence in which an animal is butchered, the character came to mean 'sequence/order' (which it still means in Chinese), and then 'row/line', a related meaning to 'sequence'. Sounds suspiciously like a folk etymology to me, but what do I know? Henshall suggests as a mnemonic:  'Cut up bones lined in a row.'

Stroke order from Josh's Chinese Lookup Thingy (animated)
Stroke order from Taka Kanji Database
Other info from Taka Kanji Database

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