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According to 六書 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_character_classification) There are two kinds of this 1. 轉注: Basically this mean the multiple characters may map in the same mapping if 1) They are in same radical (category). 2) They sound similar Example: 老 (old) 考 (Originally meant old; deconstructed as 耂 derivative (老字头) of 老 lǎo "old" + 丂 qiǎo ...

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