本字

ChineseEdit

 
roots or stems of plants; origin; source; this; the current; root; foundation; basis; (a measure word)
 
letter; symbol; character; word
simp. and trad.
(本字)

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NounEdit

本字

  1. 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 , which some believe is the 本字 (“original character”) of (di1).
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