ケイ, ちぎ.る

pledge, promise, vow

JLPT1 G7 S9 F898

The top element# combines a depiction of a piece of wood or bone that has been cut through and thus separated from the remainder + sword/knife → cut and separate wood or bone into pieces in creating a pledge/vow, with each party retaining a piece. adds great → great *pledge*/*vow* created by the means described above → *promise*; *tally*; *match*. In derivative characters the top element of is often written in the form seen for example in , 齧 or (and the same for itself, as in and ).

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