Component 兹 two strands of twisted silk

In oracle bone script and seal script, 兹 depicts two strands of twisted silk. It is the cognate of 丝. In clerical script, 艹 is added to express the meaning that the grass grows like strands of silk.  Continue reading “Component 兹 two strands of twisted silk”

Component 系 a hand holding two strands of silk

系 is a compound ideograph representing a hand holding two strands of silk.  In bronze scripts, it depicts a hand holding three strands of silk. In seal and regular scripts, two strands of silk is changed to one strand and the form of hand 爪 is changed to丿, which means “tie or knot” Continue reading “Component 系 a hand holding two strands of silk”

Component 玄 silk tie or knot for dyed silk

玄, originally silk tie or knot for dyed silk, is pictographic character. 玄 serves as phonetic component to form characters. Characters formed by the phonetic component 玄 share compound vowels ian and uan.  Continue reading “Component 玄 silk tie or knot for dyed silk”

Component silk 丝 糹纟

丝, a compound ideographic character of silk, serves as semantic we well as phonetic component to form characters. Characters formed by the semantic component silk 丝 express things related to silk, rope, cotton, textile, color, etc such as 缝纫线绳纽级纺织纤维纱绿绸缎. Continue reading “Component silk 丝 糹纟”