I failed to remember the meaning for the word 蕴含 yùnhán. Is any mnemonic or story or etymological hints to remember 蕴?

  • 蘊含 is a rather difficult word. How did you chance upon this?
    – L Parker
    Apr 22, 2021 at 11:48
  • glyph-origin questions should be asked one question at a time, unless the characters are actually related.
    – dROOOze
    Apr 22, 2021 at 11:52
  • Parker it is from the secondary school text book or workbook or from notes. It is part of my flashcard deck. Let me find and copy the Context
    – user27485
    Apr 22, 2021 at 12:07
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    If it makes you feel any better - it's still pronounced "wen" in some dialects.
    – Mou某
    Apr 22, 2021 at 14:53
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    @user27485 What I meant was: there are often jokes about dialect speakers being uncouth and backwaterish because their pronunciation is "unstandard." But the fact that a mnemonic is needed to remember the reading "yun" and that some topolects still pronounce it "wen", speaks more to the artificiality of Standard Mandarin rather than anything else.
    – Mou某
    Apr 22, 2021 at 17:14

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蕴 means accumulate.

蕴 is merely a phonetic-semantic character comprising plants 艸 and 缊 which provides sound. 缊 is an obsolete character that means "tangled strings". 缊 itself is silk and sound component 𥁕 meaning kindness (giving a bowl 皿 of food to a prisoner 囚). None of these characters contribute any meaning to the definition of 蕴.

If you want a sort of mnemonic, I'd use 蕰 instead. 蕰 is one of a variant forms for 蕴. Mnemonics are more difficult to think of if the sound component 缊 isn't a common character. But with 温 (warm) being a more common character, you can think of it as gathering/accumulating vegetables 艸 to keep them warm before eating. Just remember that the standard form is 蕴 and not 蕰.


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