Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky. (slithytove) wrote,
Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky.
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KI, KE

meaning: desire, scanty, rare, dilute, hope
希望 == kibou == hope
希求 == kikyuu == desire


Originally top radical was a pictograph of interwoven threads. Bottom radical is 'cloth'. The original meaning of this character is 'embroidery', all current meanings are borrowings. Henshall suggests as a mnemonic: 'Interwoven threads in cloth desirable but rare.'

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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