Saturday, 11 March 2017

Learn one Chinese Character a day - 耳

Before we continue our journey with characters related to 门 | 門, we need to move aside again to prepare ourselves with another character today, which is 耳. To be honest, there is no clue for us to know its meaning with its current form 耳. We will need the help from its ancient scripts: (image taken from
Learn one Chinese Character a day - 耳
Now looking at the Oracle Script , it is actually a drawing of ear, as below:
Its Bronze Script  is still a close drawing of ear of a human being. However at Seal Script period, for ease of writing, it was somehow transformed to be , which is pretty much the embryonic form of our current writing - 耳.

耳 means ear (of any species). for example 马耳.
耳 is also used to mean anything looks like ear. for example 木耳 (which means fungus)

We have finished our study today, let us enjoy a Chinese calligraphy with 耳 inside:

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