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

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meaning: one of a pair, ship counter

一隻眼 == essekigan == (noun) sharp eye, critical eye, discerning eye, an opinion
隻手 ==  sekishu == (noun) one arm, one hand

Top radical is 'bird', bottom radical is 'hand'. A bird in the hand is 'one bird'; this character has come to mean 'one of a pair' in particular. It was originally a bird counter. It is unclear why it has become a ship counter. Henshall suggests as a mnemonic: 'Only one bird in the hand.'

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

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