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life; genuine; birth
on: SEI SHOU
kun: i-kiru i-kasu i-keru u-mareru uma-reru u-mare umare u-mu o-u ha-eru ha-yasu ki nama nama- na-ru na-su mu-su -u
names: asa iki iku ike ubu umai e oi gyuu kurumi gose sa jou sugi so sou chiru naba niu nyuu fu mi mou yoi ryuu
strokes: 5
radical: (no. 100)
to be born; to give birth; life; to grow; raw; uncooked; student;
pinyin: shēng
strokes: 5
radical: (no. 100)

Graphical etymology

生 is a variant of plant , with a horizontal line added to represent the earth from which the plant sprouts.¹

Comments

Early on the word 生 had meanings “to live, be alive, fresh” with extended meanings “cause to live,”and “give birth to.” Also specialized meanings “(live) sacrificial animal,” and “domestic animal” (beast of burden). This word seems related to (a persons) “nature” (see and ), and also to “green” and

Notes

  1. Ochiai, 2016, p. 292.
  2. Schuessler, p. 459.
2019-07-04

Additional details for 生

Morohashi: 21670 7.1027
Item no. in Henshall: 42
SKIP code: 4-5-2
Four corner code: 2510.0
Korean reading: saeng
Unihan English meanings (for Chinese):
life, living, lifetime; birth
Unihan on: SEI SHOU
Unihan kun: HAERU OU UMARERU
Unihan pinyin: shēng
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