CUHK doesn't appear to expound the semantic field of 奈.

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ABC Chinese–English Comprehensive Dictionary (2003), p 638.


奈 is a phonetic loan from 柰, which means apple. 柰 retained the "apple" meaning and 奈 obtained the "how" meaning. 示 is a sacrifice altar as apples were used as fruit offered to gods and ancestors. Or it could be a phonetic hint as well, but 示 and 柰 sound nothing alike.

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