zhēn chaste

Made up of [ bèi shell; precious; cowrie shell radical 154]

Note

The radical 'shell' suggests something intact and enclosed. Derivation may be from reading the future with a ritual vessel

Related characters


Using bèi : guì (precious) pín (poor) tiē (to stick) shǎng (to hand down)

Sounds same

zhēn (really)

Different tone

zhèn (Wood) zhèn

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