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弖 is defined as the Japanese phonetic for te under the list of characters for Mandarin.
It was used in early Japanese script for the syllable te. Today we use て for that. Many dictionaries claim that the Mandarin pronunciation of 弖 is hù, but it was not used in writing Chinese and there seems to be little basis for the Mandarin pronunciation. —Stephen 18:30, 12 October 2009 (UTC)