- KangXi: page 76, character 3
- Dai Kanwa Jiten: character 10
- Dae Jaweon: page 137, character 7
- Hanyu Da Zidian: volume 1, page 9, character 3
- Unihan data for U+4E07
|Historical forms of the character 万
|Oracle bone script||Bronze inscriptions|
Various theories have been proposed for its original meaning:
- Qu Wanli, Qiu Xigui and others propose that it originally refers to a type of dancer-musicians. This usage is attested in the oracle inscriptions. This may be supported by ancient literature, e.g. Shijing, which mentions a type of dance called 萬舞／万舞.
- Lin Yiguang proposes that it is an ancient form of 丏 (), acting as a phonetic component in *meːnʔ賓 (). *mpin
- Some propose that it is a differentiated form of 亥.
|For pronunciation and definitions of 万 – see 萬 (““Scorpion”: See; etc.”).
(This character, 万, is the simplified and variant traditional form of 萬.)
Also used in a trisyllablic surname.
|simp. and trad.
- Only used in 万俟 (Mòqí).
- myriad, ten thousand
- very many
As a simplification and variant of 萬:
- Goon: もん (mon)
- Kan’on: ばん (ban, Jōyō)
- Kan’yōon: まん (man, Jōyō)
- Kun: よろず (yorozu, 万)←よろづ (yorodu, historical)
- Nanori: かず (kazu); かつ (katsu); すすむ (susumu); たか (taka); つむ (tsumu); つもる (tsumoru); ま (ma); ゆる (yuru); よし (yoshi)
As part of the surname 万俟:
- ten thousand, 10,000
- 万が一 (mangaichi)