宜 is a compound ideograph. The oracle bone script of 宜 depicts two pieces of meat on a sacrificial vessel. The line in the middle of the two pieces of meat could mean “divide or share equally”. Continue reading “宜 evolved from a noun to an adjective”
肉, flesh, meat, serves as semantic component to form characters. Characters formed by the semantic component meat express meanings related to meat such as 腐 瘸 臋 肏 胬 朒 胾 胔 脔. Continue reading “Component meat 肉”
In Chinese, most of the words with “月” have nothing to do with “moon” but have to do with “flesh, organs, limbs, veins, muscles, etc.” These words are formed by “月 + other characters.” In this case, “月” is related with “flesh/meat” but not “moon”.
Continue reading “Radical meat 月: on the left or right?”