ナ, ナイ, ダイ, いかん, からなし

Nara, what?

JLPT1 G7 S8 F841

A variant of as described in (carve characters), here suggesting that the production of the characters involves not carving but rather pressing an implement downward into soft clay (compare the derivative character ). *How* and *what* are borrowed meanings. is also used in transliterations, such as 落 (Sanskrit or Pali: naraka), referring to hell/purgatory or the underworld in general.

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