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老

Today’s #kanji is #老, which makes its own radical #おいかんむり(老). Some say 老 is a compound ideograph made of 毛, 人 and 匕 to show the aging of a person with a bent back and white hair. Others say it is a pictograph showing an old man with a bent back and long hair leaning on a walking stick.

Meaning: an old person, aging
Reading: ロウ、お、ふ

老後(ロウゴ): n. one’s old age, one’s remaining years
老人(ロウジン): n. an old person, a senior citizen; the aged
老中(ロウジュウ): n. 【Japanese history】a senior councilor of the Tokugawa shogunate
老練(ロウレン): なadj. experienced, veteran, old, expert
家老(カロウ): n. 【Japanese history】a chief retainer of a feudal lord, a minister of a daimyo
初老(ショロウ): n. early old age
長老(チョウロウ): n. an older, a senior, a high-ranking monk

老(お)いる: vi. to grow old, to age
老(お)い先(さき): remaining years (of one’s life)

老(ふ)ける: vi. to grow old, to advance in years, to look old

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