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Yes, not all, but many parts constituting a 漢字 have meaning(s). If you wish to learn what an individual element constituting 漢字 signifies, I recommend you read 「常用字解」 written by Dr. Shirakawa Shizuka, published by Heibonsha, as a handy and instructive manual. 常用字解 explains the origin of 燃 as follows: The base of 燃 is 然, which signifies the action of ...


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Good question. Actually I thought about that myself several times and could not come up with a clear answer. Here I will just try to answer to your specific case. If you look up 燃 on some dictionary, such as here, you will find that it just reports the radicals (部首) that in this case are 火 and 灬 (both fire). Anyway, if you look 燃 up on a different ...


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Good question, with an unexpectedly complex answer. '夕 with two strokes' is indeed a radical you can look up -- in particular it's the 肉 (meat) radical. Radicals can have different appearances (variants), just like the two appearances of the fire radical 火 in 燃. 燃 is a radical-phonetic compound made up of the fire radical 火 and the right hand side 然. In ...



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