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This guy gdfsljz made a post in the zdic forums I think it quite enlightening 丼 ［汉字资料］: 粤方言中，此字则解释为粤语中dump的正字。贵州苗族中，有格丼（bong）一地，是苗语中圣地的意思。由于丼字是冷僻字，为了便于宣传，当地政府已将其改为格凸。字典解释[编辑本段]辞海：其一念 jǐng/ㄐㄧㄥˇ，即井字的古字；其二念 dǎn/ㄉㄢˇ，即东西投到井里的声音。语源由来辞典（日本）：丼とは、食物を盛る茶碗より厚手で深い陶制の钵。どんぶり钵。また、どんぶり钵に入れた料理。（大意为：盖饭、比盛食物的碗更深的陶制钵。 ...
Chinese characters can be broken up into a number of categories, only one of which are pictograms like you described. 象形字, or pictograms, are simple characters like 日, 山, 口 that are visual representations of the words that they mean. 指事字, or simple ideograms, are simple characters like 上 and 下 which are visual representations of more abstract concepts, ...
You can look in zhongwen.com for character analysis. I've heard they may not always agree with other experts, but I like it. Just click search and put the pinyin in the box, it gives you a break down of most characters. The 'logic' may be lost in history!
Without sounding too technical, a homonym appears to mean 'of the same sound' (homophone) and/or 'of the same form' (homograph), but the common usage of the word homonym is to mean one of a group of words that share the same spelling and pronunciation but have different meanings Thus, a 'synonymous homonym' is an oxymoron. From your description, ...
There are general guidelines listed in the Stroke order article at Wikipedia. Even still, there are varying standards (also noted by that same article) on what is considered the "correct" stroke order. The article goes into further detail on some of the differences, but practically speaking, the guidelines should generally serve you well.
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