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spot, speck; unevenness
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Synopsis

This essay will make you dotty about all things spotted! With 斑 we can describe everything from polka-dotted species (including humans, with their birthmarks and freckles!) to rocks (e.g., those that the Japanese use in barbecues). The same character means "unevenness," and the essay shows how these disparate meanings connect. Great photos and fun quizzes!

Revision history:

June 9, 2021: 

  • pp. 1 and 2: Rewrote the text a bit because it referred to a definition of 斑 on a site that no longer defines the kanji that way.
  • p. 2: Updated the Henshall etymology.
  • p. 12: Added a link to the Kanshudo games.

Sept. 7, 2012: Originally published.

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