ゲン, ガン, もと, ちか, はじめ, はる, ゆき, よし

beginning, former time, origin

JLPT4 G2 S4 F192

As per # (head) + a horizontal line → *head* → *origin*; *cause*; *raw material*; *capital*; *prime element* (← head as source and beginning; compare 頭) → *former* (← prior ← original). was devised to replace after the latter lost its original connection with the head.

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