贞 zhēn chaste
Made up of [贝 bèi
shell; precious; cowrie shell
NoteThe radical 'shell' suggests something intact and enclosed. Derivation may be from reading the future with a ritual vessel
Using 贝 bèi
: 贵 guì (precious) 贫 pín (poor) 贴 tiē (to stick) 赏 shǎng (to hand down)
Sounds same真 zhēn (really)
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