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Two premises: Radicals are a method for indexing characters in dictionaries. As an element in other characters, the form 月 can represent 肉, 舟, 丹, and 月, among others. As you can see, these elements all look rather similar, so it's not surprising that historically they weren't always distinguished in form. So when you see a character containing what ...


it's two radicals drawn the same way. The radical for 肉 looks like 月 in most instances and the radical for 月 looks like 月 in all instances. The former radical means "flesh" / The latter means time. As to why they changed it, I don't know. Maybe it's just easier to write. But it is known which radical each character is using (and generally pretty obvious due ...

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