ボウ, モウ, な.い, な.き, ほろ.びる, ほろ.ぶ, ほろ.ぼす

deceased, the late, dying, perish

JLPT3 G6 S3 F661

The relevant oracle bone form of this character is person + a long vertical line# behind which the person is (partially) concealed (compare ). The relevant bronzeware inscription form shows person hidden by an L-shaped object → be partially obscured and dimly visible, or fully obscured and non-existent → *perish*; *fall*; *die*; *dead*; *flee*.

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