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

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KAN

kimo
meaning: liver, courage

肝硬変 == kankouhen == (noun) cirrhosis of the liver
肝心 == kanjin == (noun, adjective that takes な) essential, fundamental, crucial, vital, main


Left radical is 'meat/of the body' (肉). Right radical is 'dry' (干), here acting phonetically to express 'vital'. Interestingly, 'liver' in English also has connotations of 'courage', e.g., 'lily-livered' meaning 'cowardly'. Henshall suggests as a mnemonic: 'Dried meat proves to be liver.'

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

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