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As the sun settles in the west birds roost in their nests; so a cross-hatched bird's nest provided the cradle for "west", and nest became west x004-2. Man's fertile imagination conceived a new ideograph -- a nest  with a brooding bird : x004-3 hatching up a new form : x004-4 which finally developed into a full-fledged character for west :x004-5. As all "things" exist between east x004-6 and west x004-5, the combination east-west, meaning "things", came to be applied to anything from east to west.

xi1

   
x004-7  

west

     
  西边   xi1    bian   west side  
  西餐   xi1   ca1n   Western-style food  
  西方   xi1   fa1ng   the West  
  西瓜   xi1   gua1   watermelon  
  西南   xi1   na2n   southwest  
  西欧   Xi1  O1u   Western Europe  
  西洋   Xi1  Ya2ng   the West  
             
  x004-8

Small, petty, young

Elder brother

Think, hope

West

Down, below, descend

Surname

Snow

Practice

Fresh

Laugh, smile

New

 

 

     

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