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noon; sign of the horse
Kanji 110

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Synopsis

See why 午 means both “noon” and “sign of the horse,” thanks to its role in a number system based on 12, not 10. (Jupiter inspired the system!) Learn to say, “first thing in the afternoon” and “I slept the whole afternoon away.” Find out about the Hour of the Horse, the Year of the Fire Horse (and its link to murderous wives), and the significance of the first Day of the Horse in February.

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Cover of essay 110 on 午, titled "Crack of Noon"
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JOYO ON-YOMI
JOYO KUN-YOMI
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STROKES4
RADICAL十 (24: cross)
JLPTN5
HALPERN1254/1720
HENSHALL110/122
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