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Meaning: the origin

Reading: ガン、ゲン、もと
 

元旦(ガンタン): New Year’s Day
元日(ガンジツ): New Year’s Day
元祖(ガンソ): the founder
元本(ガンポン): capital, principal

 

元(ゲン): a yuan (Chinese currency), the Yuan dynasty (China)
元気(ゲンキ): health, vitality
中元(チュウゲン): the 15th day of the 7th month (according to the lunar calendar), a summer gift
紀元(キゲン): an era, an epoch
根元(コンゲン): the root, the source

 

元(もと): the beginning, the origin, former ~
元値(もとね): the cost price
根元(ねもと): the base of a tree

 
#元 is listed under the radical of #にんにょう/#ひとあし (儿). I am not too sure how 二 (two) and legs become the origin, but that’s how it is!.
 
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    13 December 2021 at 1:56 pm

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