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During studying 条 character in one of the dictionaries I have found decomposition of this character to two components:

  • 夂 zhǐ: to go
  • 木 mù: tree; wood (Kangxi radical 75)

I see the 夂 component but I am not sure of 木. Should it not be 小 or something similar instead to 木? When I've enlarged the font it resembles 小 without the horizontal stroke.

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Even after the form changing process, it still resembles 小 with a horizontal stroke. Why do you say it's without a horizontal stroke? –  Betty Jun 6 '12 at 4:45

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条's radical is 木. That's an established fact. Just consult any Chinese dictionary. It's derived from 条's old form (旧字形), which lacks the tick.

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I'm not sure what you mean by "the tick" when you say the traditional form would not have the tick. Could you include a form of the character with and without the tick? I found the simplified version, 条, and the traditional version, 條, but the traditional form has more strokes, not fewer. –  Don Kirkby Jun 7 '12 at 20:11
    
He said old = 旧字形, not traditional = 繁体字. Here's a link with some older forms and a character analysis. This one is particularly clear. –  Stumpy Joe Pete Jun 21 '12 at 12:33
    
I was partially wrong. I removed the part about the tick not being present in texts from regions outside mainland China. My memory played a trick on me there. –  deutschZuid Jun 21 '12 at 20:40
    
Looks like it's not present in Japanese use of the character (same Unicode code point, different fonts, so I can only give a link ) –  Stumpy Joe Pete Jun 22 '12 at 3:06
    
Hmm... I just looked it up on Wiktionary en.wiktionary.org/wiki/%E6%9D%A1 and it seems that my original speculation was correct. It might also have to do with the font used. I will have to confirm with someone who uses the Traditional Chinese script natively. –  deutschZuid Jun 22 '12 at 4:20

It has to be 木, 条 means 'twig' originally

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thanks, good to know +1. –  Wodzu Jun 6 '12 at 12:31

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