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Character etymology for 足 (zú, foot)

Posted by mandarinboy September 27, 2008 in the Group General Discussion.

Tags: , , foot, etymology

This is a sidestep on the way to the more complex character we where about to talk about but this character shows how small additions to a Chinese character can create new meanings.



Traditional form: 


Meaning: foot

Frequency: 502

Strokes: 7

Decomposition: 口 kǒu mouth+  zhǐ stop

Radical part:

Alternative forms of radical

Radical meaning: stop

Stroke animation: (the strokes are drawn the direction the picture is tipping)




Etymology: The 止 part we did look at in this post:


What we se is the foot, explained in the post above, and the knee-cap.


Link to nciku usage of the character (examples, sound etc)



Example words:

满足 mǎn zú to satisfy / to meet (the needs of) 

远足 yuǎn zú excursion / hike / march 

美式足球 Měi shì zú qiú American football 

丰足 fēng zú abundant / plenty足球 zú qiú football / soccer 

足迹 zú jì footprint / track / spoor 

驻足 zhù zú to stop (walking) / to halt 

微不足道 wēi bù zú dào negligible




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