small; tiny; few; young
|simp. and trad.
From 小 (xiǎo, “small; lesser”) + 篆 (zhuàn, “seal, chop”) So called from its continued use under later dynasties for chops and to distinguish it from the large seal script varieties employed under the Zhou prior to Qin conquest and standardization.
- small seal script, the form of Chinese characters based on the script of the state of Qin and standardized by Li Si around 220 BC