レン, こ.う, こい, こい.しい

romance, in love, yearn for, miss, darling

JLPT2 G7 S10 F1296

# is thread(s) + 言 (make verbal distinctions → distinct) → make tangled threads distinct by stretching and untangling them. adds heart/emotions → attempt to untangle confused feelings (of longing, anxiety, or love) by figuratively stretching them straight (compare and ) → *long for*; *be anxious for*; *love*. The top element of the present form of the character represents a tremendous simplification.

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