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Translingual[edit]

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trad.

Etymology[edit]

Phono-semantic compound (形聲): semantic  (metal) + phonetic  – a metal key.

Han character[edit]

(radical 167 +9, 17 strokes, cangjie input 金弓大手 (CNKQ), four-corner 85140, composition)

  1. door bolt, lock bolt
  2. key

Descendants[edit]

References[edit]

  • KangXi: page 1315, character 14
  • Dai Kanwa Jiten: character 40654
  • Dae Jaweon: page 1815, character 23
  • Hanyu Da Zidian: volume 6, page 4225, character 7
  • Unihan data for U+9375

Chinese[edit]

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trad.

Pronunciation[edit]


Middle Chinese pronunciation (, reconstructed)
Character (鍵), Pronunciation 1/3

Initial: 群 (30)
Final: 仙
Division: III

Openness: Open
Tone: Level (Ø)

Fanqie: 渠焉切
Zhengzhang
Shangfang
Bernard
Karlgren
Li
Rong
Pan
Wuyun
Edwin
Pulleyblank
Wang
Li
Shao
Rongfen
/ɡiᴇn/ /gi̯ɛn/ /ɡiɛn/ /ɡiɛn/ /gian/ /ɡĭɛn/ /ɡjæn/
Character (鍵), Pronunciation 2/3

Initial: 群 (30)
Final: 元
Division: III

Openness: Open
Tone: Rising (X)

Fanqie: 其偃切
Zhengzhang
Shangfang
Bernard
Karlgren
Li
Rong
Pan
Wuyun
Edwin
Pulleyblank
Wang
Li
Shao
Rongfen
/ɡɨɐnX/ /gɨ̯ɐnX/ /ɡiɐnX/ /ɡiɐnX/ /gɨanX/ /ɡĭɐnX/ /ɡiɐnX/
Character (鍵), Pronunciation 3/3

Initial: 群 (30)
Final: 仙
Division: III

Openness: Open
Tone: Rising (X)

Fanqie: 其輦切
Zhengzhang
Shangfang
Bernard
Karlgren
Li
Rong
Pan
Wuyun
Edwin
Pulleyblank
Wang
Li
Shao
Rongfen
/ɡiᴇnX/ /gi̯ɛnX/ /ɡiɛnX/ /ɡiɛnX/ /gianX/ /ɡĭɛnX/ /ɡjænX/

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji[edit]

(common “Jōyō” kanji)

Readings[edit]

Noun[edit]

(hiragana かぎ, romaji kagi)

  1. a tool for opening or locking something; a key
  2. an important fact for solving something; a key; a clue

(hiragana けん, romaji ken)

  1. (music) a key

See also[edit]

  • (じょう, jō)

Korean[edit]

Hanja[edit]

(geon) (hangeul , revised geon, McCune-Reischauer kŏn, Yale ken)

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Vietnamese[edit]

Han character[edit]

(kiện)

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