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1224/2000

JLPT: N2

School Grade: Junior high school

This character is a combination of 髟 a Chinese-only character meaning “hair” (itself a combination of 長 long and 彡 hairs), and 犮 an obscure element, here acting phonetically to express “grow.” Together they gave 髪 a meaning of “growing hairs,” and now simply “hair.”

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1217/2000

JLPT: N2

School Grade: Junior high school

This character is a combination of 忄 heart/feelings and 曽 a non-general use character now used to express “formerly,” but originally meant “build up.” 曽 is a phonetic element signaling the on’yomi, while also lending its own meaning. Together with 忄 this gives 憎 a meaning of “(negative) feelings building up.” One theory states that 曽 is also used phonetically to express “hatred,” giving “(accumulated) feelings of hatred.”

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