キョウ, ゴウ, つよ.い, つよ.まる, つよ.める, し.いる, こわ.い, すね

strong

JLPT4 G2 S11 F112

The relevant bronzeware inscription form is a shape indicator suggesting the horned head of a beetle + 虫 insect → beetle. A seal inscription form adds # bow, functioning as an abbreviated form of (strong, tautly stretched bow), leading to the meanings *strong*, *strength*, and *force* → *compel*; *coerce*; *intensify*. Returning to the seal inscription form, this referred to a hardshelled beetle, making + a variant form of the bronzeware inscription character (beetle).

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