The Radical: 氏


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Family    氏

Explanation

Used in these Kanji:
JLPT 4Joyo 2
paper
kami, SHI
Left: thread , right: family - (Here see as a scooping grid of papermaking)
Use fibers (= threads) and a scooping grid for making paper. (Or: Threads become a 'family' in: paper.)
JLPT 3Joyo 4
clan, linage, family
uji, SHI
Variant of hill . Clan families often had their estates on the top of hills. This developed into the family name.
A distorted variant of person = = together with a "plus +" as a multiplier results in a family.
JLPT 4Joyo 4
low
hikui, TEI
Left: person /, right: floor/bottom 氐 (= the family is sitting on the floor )
The person on the floor is in a low position.
JLPT 3Joyo 4
floor, bottom
soko, TEI
广
Outside: building 广, below: bottom/floor 氐 (= The family is sitting on the floor )
In the house, the family is sitting on the floor.
JLPT 4Joyo 4
people, nation, population
tami, MIN
Left: buttocks in side view , right a variation of sabre , but here: + (=plus-sign for many)
The buttocks that many and form a people. (Or: Family with double upper line as multiplyer.)
JLPT 2Joyo 7
marriage
KON
Left: woman , right: family/clan , sun
The woman comes into the family at the day of the marriage.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
resist, match, defy, oppose
TEI
Left: hand , right: floor, bottom 氐 (The family is sitting on the floor )
A hand pushing against the floor gets a resistance.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
mansion, residence
TEI
Left: floor/bottom 氐 (the family is sitting on the floor ), right: village
(Such that you do not always have to climb up the paths:) At the bottom of the village are the mansions.

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