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Translingual[edit]

Stroke order
或-bw.png

Etymology[edit]

Ideogrammic compound (會意):  +  + .

Note that is not derived from 或, and that the characters 口一 are stacked in the opposite order in these characters. Both are ultimately from (halberd, spear).

Han character[edit]

(radical 62 +4, 8 strokes, cangjie input 戈口一 (IRM), four-corner 53100, composition)

  1. or, either, else
  2. perhaps, maybe
  3. someone, somebody, some people

Usage notes[edit]

While 或 is both a traditional and simplified character (it was not simplified), it is simplified as a component of the character .

Derived characters[edit]

References[edit]

  • KangXi: page 412, character 18
  • Dai Kanwa Jiten: character 11563
  • Dae Jaweon: page 754, character 17
  • Hanyu Da Zidian: volume 2, page 1402, character 8
  • Unihan data for U+6216

Chinese[edit]

simpl. and trad.

Pronunciation 1[edit]


Middle Chinese pronunciation (, reconstructed)
Character (或), Pronunciation 1/1

Initial: 匣 (33)
Final: 德
Division: I

Openness: Closed
Tone: Checked (Ø)

Fanqie: 胡國切
Zhengzhang
Shangfang
Bernard
Karlgren
Li
Rong
Pan
Wuyun
Edwin
Pulleyblank
Wang
Li
Shao
Rongfen
/ɦwək̚/ /ɣwək̚/ /ɣuək̚/ /ɦʷək̚/ /ɦwək̚/ /ɣuək̚/ /ɣuək̚/
Old Chinese pronunciation (, reconstructed)
Baxter-Sagart system 1.1 (2014)
Character Modern Beijing
(Pinyin)
Middle Chinese Old Chinese English
huò ‹ hwok › /*[ɢ]ʷˤəәk/ some; or

Notes for Old Chinese notations in the Baxter-Sagart system:

  • Parentheses "()" indicate uncertain presence;
  • Square brackets "[]" indicate uncertain identity, e.g. *[t] as coda may in fact be *-t or *-p;
  • Angle brackets "<>" indicate infix;
  • Hyphen "-" indicates morpheme boundary;
  • Period "." indicates syllable boundary.
Zhengzhang system (2003)
Character No. Phonetic
component
Rime
group
Rime
subdivision
Corresponding
MC rime
Old Chinese Notes
5548 0 /*ɡʷɯːɡ/

Definitions[edit]

  1. or, either ... or
  2. perhaps, maybe
  3. occasionally, sometimes
  4. someone, some people, something

Pronunciation 2[edit]


Old Chinese pronunciation (, reconstructed)
Baxter-Sagart system 1.1 (2014)
Character Modern Beijing
(Pinyin)
Middle Chinese Old Chinese English
‹ hwik › /*[ɢ]ʷrəәk/ territory

Notes for Old Chinese notations in the Baxter-Sagart system:

  • Parentheses "()" indicate uncertain presence;
  • Square brackets "[]" indicate uncertain identity, e.g. *[t] as coda may in fact be *-t or *-p;
  • Angle brackets "<>" indicate infix;
  • Hyphen "-" indicates morpheme boundary;
  • Period "." indicates syllable boundary.

Definitions[edit]

  1. Alternative form of ("range, territory").
  2. Alternative form of ("country").

Japanese[edit]

Kanji[edit]

(“Jinmeiyō” kanji used for names)

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Readings[edit]


Korean[edit]

Hanja[edit]

(hok) (hangeul , revised hok, McCune-Reischauer hok, Yale hok)

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Vietnamese[edit]

Han character[edit]

(hoặc, hoắc)

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