The Wikipedia article on the 匈奴 gives a literal translation as '
Did 匈 mean '
fierce' in former times? What is the etymology of this character?
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匈 is the ancient character of
chest/breast. And I can't find any other original meaning of it besides this.
According to the explanation of
胸, it's a later character for
匈奴 is just the transliteration from the name of an ancient nationality in North China, has nothing to do with
凶 seems to mean fierce. http://www.zdic.net/z/15/js/51F6.htm 勹 means wrap.
'wrap up something fierce' Your raging spirit??