roots or stems of plants; origin; source; this; the current; root; foundation; basis; (a measure word)
letter; symbol; character; word
|simp. and trad.
- original character
- For example, many Cantonese syllables are regarded as not having a character or having contrived characters. Some people believe that they are all derived from pre-existing syllables and search old texts and character dictionaries to determine the etymon the syllable was descended from. One example is 尐, which some believe is the 本字 (“original character”) of 啲 (di1).