逐 a foot is pursuing a pig

逐

This character 逐 is very interesting. 逐 is compound ideographic character composed of 辶  and 豕. 辶 is a variant of 辵 and means “foot, walking”. 豕 is a pig.

The original meaning of 逐 is: a foot is pursuing a pig. From this meaning, the following extended meanings are derived:

A.verb 1. pursue, e.g. 逐水草而居 migrate to wherever there is water and grass 

2. drive out, e.g. 逐出门外 drive sb. out of the door; 被逐出境 be expelled from a country

B. preposition, one by one, e.g. 逐条说明 explain item by item; 逐字逐句地讲解课文 explain the text sentence by sentence 

Related words

角逐
放逐
追逐
驱逐

逐鹿

逐步 逐渐 逐一 逐日

逐 in set phrases

随波逐流
逐鹿中原
舍本逐末
笑逐颜开
夸父逐日
群雄逐鹿
逐臭之夫
中原逐鹿
追亡逐北
挨门逐户

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