シ, あきら, あや, お, こ, ちか, とし, なか, のぶ, ひさ, ひと, ふみ

history, chronicle

JLPT2 G4 S5 F511

The relevant oracle bone form of this character is hand/action indicator + an upright tube for holding slender, inscribed bamboo slats → an official raising a slender tube containing bamboo slats inscribed with records → *chronicle*; *annals*; *history* (← contents of matters recorded). Also, *record keeper*. Originally the same character as , but and came to bear divergent meanings (compare the same process in and ).

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