テイ, ダイ, デ, おとうと, て

younger brother, faithful service to elders

JLPT4 G2 S7 F1161

The relevant bronzeware inscription form shows a cord or vine aligned with a stake, the lower part of which is represented by a slanting line → crops aligned by size → *younger brother*; *disciple* (← occupant of a lower vertical stage in a hierarchy). For a conceptually related term indicating a "younger sister," compare .

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