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

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shibu(i), shibu(ru)
meaning: hesitate, astringent

渋滞 == juutai == (noun which can take する to act as a verb) congestion (e.g. traffic), delay, stagnation
渋面 == shibuzdura == (noun ) grimace, sullen face

Left radical is a radical form of 'water/liquid'. Top/right radical is 'stop' (止). This character's original meaning was 'not to flow smoothly'. 'Astringent' may be a borrowing. Henshall suggests taking the lower/right radical as 'water drops', and as a mnemonic: 'Astringency makes water drops hesitate and stop.'

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

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