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"Ball", earlier some "kind of jade". Bodman (1980) relates this to Wuming ZhuangklauA2(“ball”), and relates 俅 (qiú, “gem-adorned”) to Tibetanགྲུ(gru, “lustre of gems”). This character had a softened initial in Proto-Min.
Originally written as 毬 (since Tang dynasty). The form 球 (since Qing dynasty) is now more common.