Today we continue our learning journey to another Pictograph Chinese character - 鱼, whose traditional version is 魚.
It is kind of hard to guess the meaning with its current form: 鱼 | 魚. However once you see its Oracle script and Bronze script, you will definitely know what it means.
Here it is: Oracle script of 鱼 is, and its Bronze script is . Is not it actually a stick figure of fish, as shown below?
|fish commonly seen in China|
To know how it evolves from to its modern form - 鱼, we need to examine its ancient scripts, as shown below: ( which is taken from: http://vividict.com)
|Evolution history of 鱼|
So 鱼 originally means freshwater fish that is commonly seen in China. for example: 鲫鱼.
Then it is eventually used to mean most species who lives in water and has the shape of a fish, too. For example: 鲸鱼.
That is all for today, it is now time to enjoy a Chinese calligraphy with 鱼 inside: