Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Amazing Chinese Characters (312) Fierce - 凶

 The shell bone script of character Fierce is

The outside means a hole, inside is thorns, which is dangerous to people. The original meaning of the character is Bad Omen.

The small seal script of the character is

very similar to the shell bone script.

The clerical script of the character is

similar to older scripts. 

The song typeface for the character is

still very similar.

Right now, the character means fierce, vicious, brutal. Occasionally it means bad omen too. 

Its Pinyin is Xiong1.

It is a simple character, has not changed for more than 3000 years.  The character means dangerous situation, environment, and time; sometimes it means bad omen, or fierce of a person/animal's behavior. 

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