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

HI
hi(meru)
meaning: (keep) secret

秘訣 == hiketsu == (noun) secret, mysteries, key
秘書 == hisho == (noun) (private) secretary


Right radical is 'necessarily' (必). Left radical is 'rice plant', which acts phonetically to express 'hide'. The left radical, now 'rice plant', is a miscopying of 'altar/of the gods' (示). Thus, this character meant 'hidden things of the gods', or holy mysteries. It now means 'secret' in a wider sense. Henshall suggests as a mnemonic: 'Rice plant necessarily kept secret.'

Info from Taka Kanji Database
List of compounds including this character from Risu Dictionary

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