ホ, ホウ, たも.つ, う, お, ぶ, もり, やす, やすし
protect, guarantee, keep, preserve, sustain, support
JLPT1 G5 S9 F146
The relevant oracle bone form of this character combines 子# child + 人 person → child protected by being wrapped in a cloth (compare the replacement character 褓) and carried on the back of an adult → *protect*; *protection* → *preserve*; *maintain*; *retain*; *keep*. For the idea of enveloping a child in protection, compare 孚.
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