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The most important reason is to keep consistency with older dictionaries. 「難」 is listed under 「隹」, so there is no reason to change that for newer dictionaries with 「难」. The second most important reason is that 「又」 is not really a component of 「难」. 「又」 actually means something solid: It's a picture of a hand and is pronounced as yòu. Characters like 仅, 鸡, 欢, ...


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商甲6.12.5殷虛書契前商甲2342殷虛卜辭 「敢」 (Baxter-Sagart OC: /*[k]ˤamʔ/, to hunt and pursue > to eagerly advance and push forward > brave) was originally a picture of two hands 「廾」 fighting a wild pig 「豕」 with a hunting weapon that looked like 「干」 (/*[k]ˁar/) or 「單」 (/*Cə.tˤar/), which may have simultaneously hinted at the sound. One of the hands was sometimes removed to ...


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