Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Amazing Chinese Characters (173) Sand - 沙

The shell bone script for character Sand is



which are small particles of sand.

The character also meant Small or Less. Both Small and Sand shared the same character.

However, the character was used for Small only later on.

So ancient Chinese added Water to the left of the character to make a new character Sand in bronze script:


Also in big seal script


small particle near water are Sand, which is good ideogram character.

Its small seal script is


The clerical script for the character

All left parts are Water, the right parts are Less (or Small).

The current standard script is


Its Pinyin is Sha1.


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