- ⺼ (when used as a left Chinese radical in compositions)
The radical form ⺼ looks very similar to 月 (“moon”), and is often drawn identically in compounds, though they are etymologically distinct, and careful usage distinguishes the cross strokes, with ⺼ written with unattached diagonal strokes. This is particularly an issue in looking up characters by radical; compare 月 index and 肉 index.
Old Chinese Initial /*n-/ lends semantic value Supple. Vowel /*-o-/ lends semantic value Curvature or Curve and surround/envelop. Pictogram (象形) of a slab of soft animal meat with the veins exposed. Source: Howell & Morimoto
Pictogram (象形) – ribs of an animal’s torso.
|Oracle bone script||Bronze inscriptions||Large seal script||Small seal script|
肉 (radical 130 肉+0, 6 strokes, cangjie input 人月人 (OBO), four-corner 40227)
- KangXi: page 973, character 1
- Dai Kanwa Jiten: character 29236
- Dae Jaweon: page 1424, character 4
- Hanyu Da Zidian: volume 5, page 2931, character 1
- Unihan data for U+8089
肉 (Yale yuk6)
肉 (POJ nyuk, Guangdong ngiuk7; niuk7 [Meixian], Hagfa Pinyim ngiug5)
- CCDICT (Chineselanguage.org)
- Academia Sinica - Hakka-English Dictionary
- Lau, Chun-fat. Hakka Pinyin Dictionary (Chinese). Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press, 1997 (Chinese IME supplement) ISBN 962-201-750-9.
- 肉類 (にくるい, nikurui): sort of meats
- 挽肉 (ひきにく, hikiniku): minced meat
- 牡丹肉 (ぼたんにく, botanniku): wildboar meat
- main part of thing (in this case 肉 can only be read as bbāh)
Note: the slang reading of this word, bbāh, has no cognate in other dialects of Chinese. It is of possible Austronesian origin (perhaps from Proto-Austronesian babuy, meaning "wild pig" (see baboy)).