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meaning: box

本箱 ==  honbako == (noun) bookcase
化粧箱 ==  keshoubako == (noun ) vanity case, cosmetics case

Top radical is 'bamboo' (竹). Bottom radical is 'mutual' (相), which acts phonetically to express 'both sides'. This character originally meant bamboo frames put on 'both sides' of a cart. It now means box-like things in general. Henshall suggests as a mnemonic: 'Bamboo sides mutually opposed in box.'

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

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