I can see that it have an equal number of strokes above and below the yi stroke not part of the blood radical. I am not sure of what this character is..I mean..I know 高兴, that is the closest that I know.

If you would like read at where this question a rose from, you are invited for a reading. haha.


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  • 益 radical:皿,dish,top, bottom both have 5 strokes, 血 itself is a radical, according to 小马词典 there are 3 characters, 血衅衄 with radical 血 – user6065 Jan 11 '18 at 8:50

Outlier gives the following definition:


益 depicts a bowl (皿) with water (enter image description here) flowing out of it, representing the original meaning “abundant, more than enough.”

With a reference to page 147 of:


It then continues:


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In 益, enter image description here “flowing water” is a form component.

In 益, 皿 “bowl” is a form component.

Original forms looked something like:

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It goes to show that the entire thing was originally the meaning part.

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    Basically, the top 益 is 水 written sideways. I'd also recommend @AbeShudug to see this: humanum.arts.cuhk.edu.hk/Lexis/lexi-mf/… - useful website to check for glyph origins. Their explanation given on the oracle bone character is: 甲骨文「益」從「皿」從「水」,會器皿中水滿而溢出之意。本義是溢出,是「溢」的初文,引申為増益、利益。, which matches the Outlier definition exactly. – dROOOze Jan 11 '18 at 15:45

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