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I sometimes encounter characters like 鑫, which is made of three 金 radicals, or 龘, which is made of three 龍 radicals. What are they called and is there a reason for their existence? Ive tried looking online but havent found a good resource yet.

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maybe, called “三疊字”, have a look of this page

10個少見「三疊字」 你識唔識讀?

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btw, the wiki page:

https://zh.wikipedia.org/zh-hk/三叠字

have fun :)

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i checked a book in literary chinese, it was called “三字”. a famous (imo, only) story: three literati composed verses using “三字”, while drinking alcohol 🙀

陳詢出為同知,同僚餞之。令各用三字分合,以韻相協,以成句終之。

陳循云:「轟字三個車,余斗字成斜。車、車、車,遠上寒山石徑斜。」

高轂云:「品字三個口,水酉字成酒。口、口、口,勸君更盡一杯酒。」

詢自云:「矗字三個直,黑出字成黜。直、直、直,焉往而不三黜。」

簷曝雜記 volume 5, page 92

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  • That was exactly what I was looking for. Looked up 曡字 in Pleco and it also seemed to highlight the same thing. Thanks! I think I'm going to use this piece of paper as an example one day haha
    – user31212
    Sep 27, 2022 at 1:00
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    @ShawnHemelstrand, great, you get what you want 😸 now try to comprehend the provided story, quite interesting 😺 Sep 27, 2022 at 1:21

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