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

GA


meaning: elegance, taste

風雅 == fuuga == (noun, adjective which takes な) elegance, grace, refinement, good taste
雅楽 == gagaku == (noun) old Japanese court music


Right radical is 'bird'. Left radical is a Non-General Use character meaning 'fang', used phonetically for its 'GA' sound. This character originally meant 'bird that makes the GA sound', i.e., a crow that caws. It can still mean this in Chinese, but has been borrowed to express 'elegance', for unclear reasons. Henshall suggests as a mnemonic:  'Fanged bird is an elegant crow.'

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

Subscribe
  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 0 comments