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Modern wěn, Middle Chinese mǐuən 上 (Wang Li), Old Chinese *mɯnʔ (Zhengzhang Shangfang). Variants: , . Character etymology: phono(勿)-semantic(口).

Original sense: "lip" (Rites of Zhou); "corner of the mouth" (Book of Han); "mouth" (Mozi). Derived senses: "loquacious", "tone, manner (of speaking)", "to be spatially close to, to touch", "to kiss" (last sense possibly [from 19th century]). Compare (mĭn, "(of mouth) to close slightly").

Other characters: (kǒu, OC *kʰoːʔ, "mouth", common Sino-Tibetan), < (zuǐ, OC *ʔseʔ, "beak > mouth"), (chún, OC *sbljun, "lip").

Compare Proto-Indo-European *mn̥to ("mouth, chin") (> Ancient Greek μάσταξ ("jaws, mouth"), Latin mentum ("chin"), mandō ("to chew"), German Mund ("mouth"), English mouth). 12:51, 7 October 2011 (UTC)