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

maru, maru(i)
meaning: round, circle, ball, ship's mark

丸薬 == ganyaku == pill
丸太 == maruta == log

Originally a pictograph of a person curled up into a ball as they roll down a slope. Henshall suggests taking it as 'nine' (九) and an 'extra stroke', and as a mnemonic: 'Nine rounded off with extra stroke.'

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

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