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Translingual[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Ideogrammic compound (會意):  (axe) +  (mouth (person) or clay pot). To cut off one's head with an ax, depriving them of all they have; alternatively, to break a pot with an ax.

Simplified from as well.

Note that 咸 is not derived from , 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 30 +6, 9 strokes, cangjie input 戈竹一口 (IHMR), four-corner 53200, composition)

  1. together
  2. all, completely
  3. united
  4. 31st hexagram of the I Ching
  5. salty (only after Chinese Simplified from )

Derived characters[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • KangXi: page 187, character 19
  • Dai Kanwa Jiten: character 3563
  • Dae Jaweon: page 406, character 19
  • Hanyu Da Zidian: volume 2, page 1404, character 2
  • Unihan data for U+54B8

Cantonese[edit]

Hanzi[edit]

(traditional , Yale haam4)


Japanese[edit]

Kanji[edit]

(uncommon “Hyōgai” kanji)

Readings[edit]


Korean[edit]

Hanja[edit]

(ham) (hangeul , revised ham, McCune-Reischauer ham)


Mandarin[edit]

Hanzi[edit]

(traditional , Pinyin xián (xian2), Wade-Giles hsien2)

  1. salty, briny
  2. salted
  3. pickled

(traditional and simplified)

  1. together
  2. all, completely
  3. united

Usage notes[edit]

When used to mean "salty," "briny," "salted," or "pickled," 咸 is used as the simplified character, and 鹹 is used as the traditional character. For all other uses, 咸 is used as both the simplified and traditional form.

Compounds[edit]