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roots or stems of plants; origin; source
roots or stems of plants; origin; source; this; the current; root; foundation; basis; (a measure word)
 
letter; symbol; character
letter; symbol; character; word
simp. and trad.
(本字)
 
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Examples
  • Cantonese (sek3, “to cherish; to kiss”):
  • Hakka (khâi, “to carry on a shoulder pole”):
  • Hokkien (lâng, “person”): /
  • Teochew (mên5, “night”):

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NounEdit

本字

  1. original character; etymological character

Usage notesEdit

This term is commonly used for Chinese topolects, in which many morphemes are written with contrived or semantically-driven characters, or are missing a character entirely, but are derived from morphemes that do have characters.

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