金/钅metal and 隹 a bird compose 锥 an awl. An awl 锥 is made of metal 金/钅and it gradually gets thicker from the tip to the end ( like the shape of a bird’s beak ). Continue reading “锥 doesn’t look like the beak of a bird?”
焉, originally bird, is used as a modal particle with meanings: thereupon, then; how? why? where? It serves as phonetic component to form characters. Most of the characters formed by the phonetic component 焉 have the same pronunciation as that of 焉.
bird 鸟 mainly serves as semantic component though it can serve as phonetic component too. Characters formed by the semantic component bird express things related to bird, such as names of different birds. Continue reading “Component bird 鸟”