Monday, 28 December 2015

Learn one Chinese Character a day – 肉

"肉" is another typical Pictographs character. Does not it look like the below image very much?
Especially  of "肉" clearly refers to texture of ribs. Instead if we examine the evolution history of "", it is actually transformed along the way to like meat more. Below is the screenshot taken from .
Learn one Chinese Character a day – 肉
Please note that Seal Script of "肉" - . It looks very similar as another Chinese character "月 (Moon)", which we have learnt before. That is why we will see that "月" was used in creation of many Chinese characters where the "月" refers to meat instead of moon.

"肉" means Meat or Flesh. And its pronunciation in Mandarin is "rou", which is coincidentally close to roast.
It is then extended to mean Human Body
"肉" is also extended to mean Pulp of Fruits.

Now it is time for us to enjoy a Chinese calligraphy to end our lesson today:

宁可居无竹, 不可食无肉。

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