beginnings; clues; mental state

Made up of [ silk radical 120, zhě in process of; involved in ]
Alternative traditional form of character:
Made with 11 strokes.
The silk radical can be thought of as giving idea of start of a thread and 'zhe' indicates the very rough sound

Related characters

Also uses component: fǎng (fine woven silk fabric) fēn (numerous) gāng (guiding principle) gěi (give) hóng (red) (order) jié (knot) jīng (Classic) lèi (tired) 绿 (green) wéi (to preserve) zhǐ (paper) zhōng (end) (to form)
Also uses zhě component: dōu (all) shǔ (office) zhǔ (to cook) zhū (hog)

Different tone

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