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

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meaning: waste, decrease

損耗 == sonmou == (noun) loss
消耗 == shoumou == (noun that can take する to act as a verb) exhaustion, consumption

Left radical is a character found only in Chinese, meaning 'plow'. Right radical is 'hair' (毛), which here acts phonetically to express 'not/cease to be'. This character originally referred to a failed crop. Henshall suggests taking the left radical as a 'heavily branched tree' (木), and as a mnemonic: 'Heavily branched tree wastes away to hairs.'

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

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