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

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SOU, SHOU


meaning: villa, manor, solemn, majestic

別荘 == bessou == (noun) holiday house, villa
荘厳 ==  sougon == (noun, adjective that takes な) solemnity, gravity, impressiveness




Top radical is 'grass'. Bottom radical is 'manly/fertile' (壮), which here acts phonetically to express 'keep in order'. A place where grass is 'kept in order' is a country estate or villa. The origin of meanings like 'majestic' or 'solemn' is unclear. Henshall suggests taking the bottom radical as 'bed' and 'samurai' (士), and as a mnemonic: 'Samurai beds down in majestic grassy manor.'

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

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