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

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We are dying, Egypt, dying

obi, o(biru)
meaning: belt, obi (kimono sash), wear, zone
衣帯 == itai== 'clothes and obi', i.e., full court dress
熱帯 == nettai == tropics

Originally a pictograph of 'cloth' and a belt with items attached to it. The concept of 'belt' broadened to mean 'zone' or area. (The same happened in English: consider 'greenbelt', a leafy zone surrounding a city, or 'the Sunbelt', etc.) Henshall suggests remembering it by association with 'mountain' (山), and as a mnemonic: 'Find cloth belt in mountain area.'

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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