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氵+ 寅 = 演







I can't really see any reason water would be needed in this character from its above meanings.

Chinese Etymology

From water 氵水 and phonetic 寅. Original meaning to flow.

ShuoWen: (說文解字):


If Chinese Etymology is not wrong - and I wouldn't be surprised if it is wrong - then how did it go from meaning water to what it means today?

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(1) 長流 (2) 水名從水寅聲 .... Today's meaning is an elaboration of (1) 長流: the further water flows, the wider it spreads, the more it varies. – Henry HO Aug 19 '14 at 7:10
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the 氵also got another meaning of flow (process flow), so it does mean that process flor for traditional battle(war) training.

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First, the source you cited plagiarized 象形字典. Second, 象形字典 itself is a very controversial source. All conclusions in that dictionary come from an amateur without citing any other previous work which is divergent from his own opinion. For oracles, though a little out of date, 甲骨文字典 is a much better reference. – Stan Aug 19 '14 at 14:56

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