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

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nibu(i), nibu(ru)

meaning: blunt, dull

鈍感 == donkan == (noun, adjective that takes な)  thickheadedness, stolidity
鈍間 == noruma == (noun) blockhead, dunce

Left radical is 'metal' (金), here meaning a metal blade. Right radical is 'camp/sprout' (屯), which acts phonetically to express 'blunt'. Thus, a blunt or dull tool. Its current meanings include metaphorical meanings of 'dull', including dullness of intellect and dull colors. Henshall suggests remembering it by association with 'hair' (毛), and as a mnemonic: 'Metal blade too blunt to cut hair-like sprout.'

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

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