How do 遺's and 述's meanings appertain to its semantic component 辶?

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Oxford Chinese Dictionary (2010) p 689.

Op. cit. p 885.

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    Please use glyph-origin when asking about character components. “Etymology” means the origin and relation between morphemes and words; semantic components are vague meaning categorisations helping to distinguish between different morphemes which sound similar but mean different things, they are not etymological roots.
    – dROOOze
    Sep 12, 2021 at 20:53

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Sometimes over the many thousands of years, the character has transformed its meaning a lot that you cannot easily make sense it’s semantic component. Instead of using a modern dictionary, consider looking up at an historical one like 說文 or 康熙字典。

述,循也。——《说文》(To follow) https://www.zdic.net/hans/%E8%BF%B0

遺,離也。——《釋言》(To go away; to leave) https://www.zdic.net/hans/%E9%81%BA

Both can connect to the action of “walking”, thus the component 辵

  • EXcellent explanations and references.
    – r13
    Sep 12, 2021 at 19:16

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