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


meaning: model, figurine

彫塑 == chouso == (noun) carving and engraving
塑像 ==  chozou == (noun) earthen image

Bottom radical is 'earth' (土), which here means 'clay'. The top radical is a Non-General Use character meaning 'new moon/north'. Its components are 'moon' (月), and 'inversion/reversal': thus, 'change of moon'. In this character the top radical acts phonetically to express 'model/copy'.  Originally this character meant 'clay model'; now it means 'model' or 'copy' in wider senses. Henshall suggests as a mnemonic: 'Earthen model of inverted moon.'

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

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