匿 a woman hides away

匿

匿 is compound ideograph. 匸 resembles a container or a wall, and 若 depicts a woman. 匿 originally meant a woman hides away. 

匿 was written as乚 +in the oracle bone script, but this part 乚 was changed to 匸 in the later scripts.

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The original meaning of 匿 remains until now. You can see the meaning of “hide” still stays the same in the 匿  related words such as 隐藏,藏匿,逃匿, etc.

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