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象形 xiàng xíng pictogram / one of the Six Methods 六書|六书 of forming Chinese characters / Chinese character derived from a picture / sometimes called hieroglyph
六书 liù shū Six Methods of forming Chinese characters, according to Han dictionary Shuowen 說文|说文 - namely, two primary methods: 象形 (pictogram), 指事 (ideogram), two compound methods: 會意|会意 (combined ideogram), 形聲|形声 (ideogram plus phonetic), and two transfer methods: 假借 (loan), 轉注|转注 (transfer)


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