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GOU


meaning: strength, splendor, Australia, brush

富豪 == fugou == (noun) wealthy person, millionaire
豪壮 == gousou == (noun, adjective that takes な) splendor, magnificence, grandeur


Complicated etymology. The bottom element is derived from the character for 'pig', and the top element acts phonetically to express 'sword'. This character originally referred to the porcupine, a pig-like creature with sword-like bristles. It can still mean this in Chinese and rarely in Japanese. The reference to bristles apparently led to the current meaning of 'brush'. The character also was used to mean 'wild boar', and this led to meanings such as 'strength'. It's not clear to me how 'Australia' fits in. Henshall suggests taking this character as a combination of 'tall' (高) and 'house' (家), and as a mnemonic: 'Australia boasts splendid strong tall houses.'

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

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