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Translingual[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Phono-semantic compound (形聲): phonetic  + semantic  (female)

Han character[edit]

(radical 38 +14, 17 strokes, cangjie input 一大女 (MKV), four-corner 71404, composition)

  1. fine, good
  2. calm, tranquil
  3. beauty (used in the word 嬮嬱)

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Cantonese[edit]

Hanzi[edit]

(Jyutping jim1, jim3, Yale yim1, yim3)

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji[edit]

(uncommon “Hyōgai” kanji)

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Readings[edit]


Mandarin[edit]

Hanzi[edit]

(Pinyin yān (yan1), yàn (yan4), Wade-Giles yen1, yen4)

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Usage notes[edit]

The "yān" reading is only used with the "fine, good" and "calm, tranquil" definitions. The "yàn" reading is only used with the "beauty" definition.