ボウ, モウ, のぞ.む, もち, み, も

ambition, full moon, hope, desire, aspire to, expect

JLPT3 G4 S11 F470

The relevant oracle bone form of this character is (staring subject/retainer) + person ← gaze at the moon. In the bronzeware inscription style, which adds moon, the + components have morphed into a single element. A seal inscription form adds # (obscure) → *wish*; *hope*; *desire* (← hopes/desires with only obscure chances of realization).

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