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Why is "string" under "other info" — what does this mean? If it's a translation or gloss into English it should go into a def section - no heading but in a numbered list starting with "#" - unfortunately the CJK character articles were set up a little short-sightedly. — Hippietrail 03:58, 1 Jul 2004 (UTC)

Mandarin Chinese Pronunciation of the 糸 Character/RadicalEdit

Does anyone know any details about the two pronunciations (mi4 and si1) for this character/radical? Do the different pronunciations have exactly the same meaning?

When I first learned this character, I learned it as Radical #120, and I learned to pronounce it si1. (Note: I am not a native Chinese speaker.) Throughout the years of learning Chinese, however, I encountered many native speakers who had never heard of the si1 pronunciation. They called the character mi4. However, I eventually found some native speakers who called it si1.

Anyone know how these two pronunciations came to be and if they have different meanings (or shades of meaning)? References I've scoured for either list just one of the pronunciations (either si1 or mi4) or list both of the pronunciations (for example, this Wiktionary entry). However, the references I've consulted don't give any details about the usage of the two pronunciations.

Any insight into this would be greatly appreciated. (Alex) 72.193.9.106 20:58, 22 May 2009 (UTC)

It's a radical with these readings, sī is more commonly known as the character / is read. there is no usage as the character is not used on its own. Anatoli 14:40, 23 May 2009 (UTC)