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loaf (of bread), unit of weight (600 grams), ax; "ax" radical
Kanji 1176

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Synopsis

The kanji 斤 originally meant “ax” and now means “loaf (of bread).” En route from one definition to another, it acquired yet another meaning: 600 grams. Find out how the Japanese came to associate one kanji with such disparate things! Also learn about 斤 as a radical and as a very common component.

Revision note:

Sept. 14, 2012: Added 2 photos on page 7.

Feb. 23, 2012: Deleted a sentence in the Verbal Logic Quiz instructions, as it confused matters.

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