Pictogram (象形): 卩 + 首 – head of a kneeling person, emphasising “head”.
頁 and 首 (OC *hljuʔ, *hljus) were originally the same pictographic character with the same meaning of “head”, and the graphical difference was that 頁 also included the body in addition to the head of the person.
By the Eastern Han Dynasty [25–220 CE], 頁 has since been used as an alternative popular form of 葉 (“leaf; page”) to mean “sheet; page (of paper)”, which is its main meaning today.
The original sense of “head” is preserved in the radical 頁, which is used in characters such as 頭 (“head”) and 頸 (“neck”).
Alternative form of 葉 (OC *leb, “leaf; sheet (of paper)”).
- sheet (of paper)
- (computing) page
- Classifier for pages.
- A surname.
Original meaning of this character.
: sau2 - using the pronunciation of 首
- † head
頁 • (hyeol) (hangeul 혈, revised hyeol, McCune-Reischauer hyŏl, Yale hyel)
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