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d004-1

Originally, this character was a pictograph of a nail : d004-2 . Clarified with the metal radical ( d004-3), it is now written d004-4d004-2 itself now stands for a strong male adult or soldier for, in a sense, nails are soldiers - strong, useful but never really valued. Hence the saying : "Use not good iron to make nails, nor good men soldiers."

di1ng

   
d004-5  

nail

     
  钉锤   di1ng chui2   hammer  
  钉帽   di1ng ma4o   the head of a nail  
  钉耙   di1ng pa2   ( iron-toothed ) rake  
  钉鞋   di1ng xie2   spiked shoes  
  钉子   di1ng zi3   nail  
               
  d004-6

Big, great

Lightning, electricity

Island

Nail

Fix, decide, certain

Knife

 

 

     

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