男、the kanji of “man” and “manliness”

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Originally, this kanji was of the OBI period. This character has two constituen: the. first constituent is the radical (田, “rice’s field”) and the second constituent is the kanji’s body (力, “power” and “force”). The meaning of this new kanji is “man” or “manliness”. We can explain this meaning as the force that has the man to work at rice´s fields”.

VOCABULARY

  • 男『おとこ』: man
  • 男の子『おとこのこ』: children
  • 男子『だんし』: boy
  • 男文字.『おとこもじ』: man handwriting, Kanji, Chinese character
  • 男体『なんたい』: male´s body
  • 男系『だんけい』: male line or father’s side

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