Ideogrammic compound (會意): 口 (“mouth”) + 十 (“ten”) – many voices in harmony. 十 (OC *ɡjub) may also act as a phonetic component. It is used as a variant of 協 (OC *ɦleːb) since antiquity.
It was later borrowed for 葉 because 協 and 葉 are homophones in Wu. This usage was made official in Simplified Chinese.
|For pronunciation and definitions of 叶 – see 葉 (“leaf; petal; page of book; etc.”).|
(This character, 叶, is the simplified and variant form of 葉.)
叶 • (hyeop) (hangeul 협, McCune–Reischauer hyŏp)
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