Phono-semantic compound (形聲, OC *ɢʷlɯm): phonetic 能 (OC *nɯː, *nɯːs, *nɯːŋ, *nɯːŋʔ) + semantic 火 (“fire”).
This character originally represented an onomatopoetic word (see 熊熊). Later its phonetic compound 能, the character for the Old Chinese word "bear", was borrowed for another word. This character thus began to represent the word "bear" instead.
From Proto-Sino-Tibetan *d-wam.
- hîm - vernacular;
- hiông - literary.
- bear (mammal) (Classifier: 頭／头 m; 隻／只)
- (colloquial) to scold
- to oppress, to tyrannise
- mean; malicious; merciless
- loutish; oafish
- bear; a large, hairy man, especially homosexual one
- A surname: Xiong (mainland China), Hsiung (Taiwan), Hung (Hong Kong)
熊 • (ung) (hangeul 웅, revised ung, McCune-Reischauer ung, Yale wung)
- (곰 웅, gom ung): bear
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