Simplified from 繪 (會 → 会).
絵 (radical 120, 糸+6, 12 strokes, cangjie input 女火人一戈 (VFOMI), composition ⿰糸会)
- KangXi: not present, would follow page 924, character 16
- Dai Kanwa Jiten: character 27464
- Dae Jaweon: page 1359, character 15
- Hanyu Da Zidian: not present, would follow volume 5, page 3394, character 10
- Unihan data for U+7D75
(grade 2 “Kyōiku” kanji, shinjitai kanji, kyūjitai form 繪)
/we/ → /e/
From Middle Chinese 繪 (yuaih, reconstructed by some linguists as ɦuɑiH).
The goon reading, so likely the initial borrowing. (Can this(+) etymology be sourced?)
絵 (hiragana え, rōmaji e, historical hiragana ゑ)
- picture, painting
- drawing, sketch
The kanji 絵 and 画 (also pronounced e, but can also be pronounced as ga), both having the same meanings and on-readings, can be confusing. While 絵 is used to mean pictures in the "drawn" sense (for example, 挿絵 (sashie), "illustration"), it can also refer to art in front of the speaker, such as 浮世絵 (ukiyoe, “ukiyo-e”) or 蒔絵 (makie, “sprinkled lacquer”). 画 refers to art by extension, for example, 日本画 (nihonga, “Japanese painting”). Sometimes, both kanji can be interchanged, an example being 影絵, 影画 (kage-e, “shadow play”)
- ^ Takebayashi, Shigeru (1993) The Kenkyusha Japanese-English Learner's Pocket Dictionary, Tōkyō: Kenkyūsha, →ISBN.