Ideogrammic compound (會意): 坴 + 丮 (“to hold”) – to plant.
The 圥 in 坴, the left part of the character, was the result of corruption of 木. 丸, the right part of the character, evolved from 丮 (“to hold”). The original character depicted a kneeling person planting a sapling (木) into the soil (土). 埶 is the original character of 蓺 and 藝.
The character 埶 (OC *ŋeds) was also often phonetically borrowed to represent another character 勢 (OC *hŋjeds).
- ‡ Alternative form of 藝 (“to grow; skill; talent”).
- ‡ Alternative form of 勢 (“power; position”).