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

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meaning: strike, beat

相撲 == sumou == (noun) sumo wrestling
撲滅 == bokumetsu == (noun that can take する to act as a verb) extermination

Left radical is one of the many versions of the 'hand' radical. Right radical is 'servant' (僕), which acts phonetically to express 'beat'. Thus, 'to beat with the hand'. Henshall suggests taking the right radical as a 'sort of' variant of 'profession' (業), and as a mnemonic: 'Beating with hand is a sort of profession.'

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

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