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很短,一个有趣的汉字的来历,你愿意帮助翻译成英文或你擅长的语言吗

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是【祥】字的来历

古文字【羊】是羊头部分正面的特写。在古代畜牧业中,羊是重要的牲畜。祭祀时,把【羊】放在【示】旁。示是指神位,表示吉祥如意,这是会意。【祥】是【示】字旁、【羊】声,这是形声。因此,【祥】是个会意兼形声字。

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Base language: Chinese (Mandarin)
Category: WK087

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    Let me have a try. The ancient character "羊" has featured the frontal of the sheep head. The sheep was one of the important domestic animals in the ancient animal husbandry. The ancestors offered the sheep as sacrifice to the gods to pray for the peace and happiness. The sheep was placed beside "示" which meant the tablet belonging to the gods. "示", as a componet showing the meaning, suggests auspicious and lucky. "祥" consists of the two components of "示" and "羊" which suggests the pronounceation of the character, this kind of phonomenon is called echoism in Chinese. Therefore, "祥" is a associative and pictophmetic character.

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