冬 the end of a year

冬

In bone and bronze inscriptions, 冬 resembles the two ends of a knotted rope, indicating that the winter is the end of a year. 冬 is cognate of 终. Later the meaning of冬 is extended to “winter”.  冬 serves as a phonetic component to form characters.

Characters formed by the phonetic component 冬

咚 疼 氡 图/圖 dōng téng dōng tú
终 柊 螽 zhōng zhōng zhōng
佟 峂 tóng tóng

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