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Graphical significance[edit]

Does the character represent rice (i.e. food) coming out of a human body--i.e., is it a literal pictograph? 06:20, 20 November 2007 (UTC)

True. However, 尸 also serves a phonetic element (in addition to its root meaning of body). -- A-cai 13:05, 24 November 2007 (UTC)