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Here is the entry of 由 in GU Yankui 谷衍奎 ed., Hanzi yuanliu zidian 汉字源流字典 (Beijing: Yuwen 语文出版社, 2008).


The most common meaning given to 雅 is "elegant". I don't know how and why 牙 (teeth) was added to 隹 (short-tailed bird) to form the word but can relate the "short-tailed bird to "elegant". Most of the Chinese are familiar with two of the short-tailed birds that populated the wild in China - "Crow (烏鴉)" and "Martin (燕子)&...


You have to go back to its original meaning: Outlier FORM 陳 is composed of 阝“a row of hills” and 東 “bag tied at both ends; east,” which indicate the original meaning “name of a mound.” Further meanings are extensions of rebus borrowings, as indicated by Outlier’s meaning tree: MEANINGS 1 (orig.) name of a mound. 2 ○ to exhibit, put on display 3 → to state,...

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