In current form Phono-semantic compound (形聲): phonetic 任 ( *njɯm, *njɯms) + semantic 贝 (“shell, money”) – a kind of payment. 任 has meaning of “duty, employment”, so connotations of “money paid for employment (hire)” or “money that one has a duty to pay (rent)”.
- KangXi: not present, would follow page 1213, character 21
- Hanyu Da Zidian: volume 6, page 3639, character 6
- Unihan data for U+8D41