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Mmmm, halberds. Do you realize this blog is the only Google hit for "girls with halberds"?



ZOKU


meaning: rebel, plunder, injure

盗賊 == touzoku == (noun) thief, robber
山賊 == sanzoku == (noun) bandit, brigand




The left radical is a miscopying of 'rule' (則), which acts phonetically to express 'injure'. Right radical is 'halberd'. Thus, 'to injure with a weapon'. The character has since acquired an association with criminals. And also, for some reason, cephalopods. (烏賊: cuttlefish, squid) Poor cephalopods, being lumped together with a bunch of ne'er-do-wells. Henshall suggests taking the left radical as 'shell/money' (貝) and 'ten' (十), and as a mnemonic: 'Ten rebels with halberds plunder money.'

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


pronunciation of 'touzoku' corrected. Thanks and a tip of the hat to yuki_gata
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