Old Chinese Initial /*k-/ lends semantic value Frame. Final consonant /*-t/ lends semantic value Cut/Divide/Reduce. Pictogram (象形) of a human with a prominent head → unified group of people (← one head representing many). Compare how 一 (a cognate of 頁 in Old Chinese) also involves reduction into a unity. Page is a borrowed meaning. Source: Howell & Morimoto
The original meaning was "head." The character was later borrowed for the word "page, sheet, leaf" (in a book), which had previously been written 葉. The character retains its original meaning in compounds like 頭 "head," 頸 "neck," etc.
頁 (radical 181 頁+0, 9 strokes, cangjie input 一月山金 (MBUC), four-corner 10806)
- KangXi: page 1399, character 1
- Dai Kanwa Jiten: character 43333
- Dae Jaweon: page 1915, character 6
- Hanyu Da Zidian: volume 7, page 4355, character 1
- Unihan data for U+9801
- 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.
頁 (hangeul 혈, revised hyeol, McCune-Reischauer hyŏl, Yale hyel)