Sunday, August 7, 2016

Amazing Chinese Characters (60) Melon - 瓜

The shell bone script of character Melon is


A melon is hanging under a melon frame.



The big seal script of the character Melon is

similar to shell bone script.

Its small script is


a better pictography than big seal script, the melon is clearly hanging under the frame.

Its clerical script is


similar but not very good pictography. The melon is replaced by a dot on a hook, the frame support bars are bent, and short, not solid support. But it is still a pictography character.

Its current standard printing script for traditional or simplified character is


same as the clerical script.

Its Pinyin is "Gua1".

I have to say a little bit more about the character. Don't be confused this character with another very similar one, which is the character 



which means Claw.
If nothing in the end of the middle vertical line, it is Claw. If it has circle or dot, it is Melon。


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