ゲン, まぼろし

phantasm, vision, dream, illusion, apparition

JLPT1 G7 S4 F1564

The relevant seal inscription form is a reverse image of the seal inscription form of (stretch), suggesting the faintly visible tip of a thread stretching/protruding beyond a surface. The present style combines slender thread with an element signifying a slight wavering. The common reference is to a faintly wavering, slender thread → *illusion*; *vision*; *specter*; *phantom* → *confusion*.

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