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chamber, room; cluster; tuft; tassel; cell
Kanji 1809

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Synopsis

Because 房 has many disparate definitions, one can't immediately see how they connect. The key is to think of the small spaces you get by dividing a big space several ways. The heart divides into 4 chambers. An orange splits into equal sections. A prison has many small cells. The 房 kanji covers all these meanings and more, including associations with wives and sex.

Revision history:

Jan. 8, 2020:

  • p. 2: Etymology Box: Replaced the old Henshall etymology with the new one. 
  • p. 2, Sidebar 1: Added 放 (391) to the list and updated the definitions of the kanji.
  • p. 17: Added a link to the Kanshudo games.

June 22, 2013: 

  • p. 1: Changed the yomi of the radical name from と to とかんむり.
  • p. 18: Changed the breakdown of 文房四宝. Also changed "the four treasures" to "the four treasures of the study."

Dec. 15, 2012: Fixed a typo on p. 14 in the photo caption. In terms of the yomi, this is correct: 厳選 (げんせん: careful selection).

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