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

Grey-headed beadles walk'd before, with wands as white as snow

 

KEN
kinu
meaning: silk

絹布 == kenpu == silk cloth
人絹 == jinken == rayon


Left radical is 'thread' (糸), right radical is a character found only in Chinese meaning 'small worm' or 'coil'. It is composed of the top element meaning 'round', and 'flesh' (肉). It is used here phonetically to express 'cream colored' and also probably references the silk worm. Thus, this character means 'cream-colored thread from worm', i.e., silk. Henshall suggests as a mnemonic: 'Silk threads from round fleshy worm.'

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

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