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

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meaning: by chance, spouse, doll

配偶者== haiguusha == (noun) spouse, wife, husband
偶像 == guuzou ==  (noun) image, idol, statue

Left radical is 'person'. Right radical is a character only found in Chinese, here acting phonetically to express 'meet (by chance)'. Thus, this character originally meant, 'person met by chance'. Its meaning evolved into 'companion' (i.e., someone one has met), and thence into 'spouse'. The 'doll' meaning seems to come from the practice of burying a doll with a dead person to serve him as a companion in the after-life. Henshall suggests taking the right radical as a combination of 'insect' (虫), 'field' (田), with the middle portion as 'long legs', and as a mnemonic: 'By chance, person finds long-legged field insect.'

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

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