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spine; Castanopsis
Kanji 2070

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Synopsis

This kanji yokes two very disconnected topics. With its on-yomi, 椎 primarily represents “spine,” so it appears in terms related to vertebrae, spinal diseases, and disc herniation. But with its kun-yomi, 椎 means “Castanopsis,” a type of tree. In that world we discover delicious nuts that look like acorns and even find our way to shiitake mushrooms, which grow on Castanopsis logs.

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Cover of essay 2070 on 椎, titled "From the Spine to the Shiitake"
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JOYO ON-YOMI
ツイ
JOYO KUN-YOMI
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STROKES12
RADICAL木 (75: tree)
JLPTN1
HALPERN679/905
HENSHALL-/1734
SPAHN4a8.1