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Because the nose sticks out most from the face -- sometimes too far out -- it characterizes the person and symbolizes his personality. A pictographic representation of the nose therefore personifies, not the nose but "self" or "oneself". Our picture emphasizes the dominant role of the nose in a confrontation of personalities.

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z003-2  

self;

oneself

     
  自白   zi ba2i   self-confession  
  自动   zi4   do4ng   automatic  
  自杀   zi4   sha1   commit suicide  
  自首   zi4   sho3u   give oneself up  
  自传   zi4   zhua4n   autobiography  
  自己   zi4   ji3   oneself  
  自立   zi4   li4   independent  
             
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Infant, child, son

Written character

Self, oneself

Center, middle, neutral

Left, also a Chinese surname

Calamity

Bamboo

Needle

Character, quality

 

 

     

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