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SHOU


meaning: niter, gunpowder

硝煙 == shouen == (noun) gunpowder smoke
硝石 == shouseki == (noun) saltpeter

Left radical is 'rock' (石). Right radical is 'be like' (肖), which here acts phonetically to express 'digest'. Niter, or saltpeter, forms as an encrustation on rock, and was once used as a medicine to aid digestion, as well as in gunpowder. [It's poisonous: don't do this.] Henshall suggests as a mnemonic: 'Niter is like a rock.'

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

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