午 a pestle

午 a pestle

午, a pictographic character resembling a pestle for grinding rice, now represented by 杵, serves as a phonetic component. 

Another version of the origin of 午: a rope used to manage the horse.

In modern Chinese 午 means:

2.the seventh of the twelve Earthly Branches used by the ancients to denote years, months, or days in combination with the ten Heavenly Branches

Characters formed by the phonetic component午

仵  忤 旿  玝  wǔ
许/許  杵 xǔ chǔ
迕  汻  wù  hǔ

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