Memory phrase (Mnemonic) for: 祖


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Meaning

ancestor

Pronunciation

SO

Explanation

Left: altar, to show /, right: besides/moreover (A pile of stones [= a stone cairn] where moreover stones are added.) - Here as three coffins piled over each others seen from the end.

Mnemonic

At the altar the coffins are piled: of our ancestors.

Radicals

to show, altar(The radical shimesu is a simplification of show , which is a pictogram of an altar.)
pile of stones, besides
death(Picture of a coffin in cross section view)
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Vocabulary

ancestor, forefather
祖母 そぼ grandmother
祖父 そふ grandfather
祖父母 そふぼ grandparents
先祖 せんぞ ancestor
祖先 そせん ancestor

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